ACLU History: The ACLU and the Bill of Rights

In 1920, America was reeling from a post-World War I fear that the Communist Revolution that had taken place in Russia would spread to the United States. As is often the case when fear outweighs rational debate, civil liberties paid the price. In what notoriously became known as the "Palmer Raids," Attorney General Mitchell Palmer began rounding up and deporting so-called radicals. Thousands of people were arrested without warrants and without regard to constitutional protections against unlawful search and seizure. Those arrested were brutally treated and held in horrible conditions.

Fighting for Racial Justice
Maintaining the Wall: Freedom of - and From - Religion
Speaking up For Freedom of Expression
Defending Liberty in Times of National Crisis
Dismantling Enclaves of Oppression
Applying the Bill of Rights to Criminal Justice
Protecting Women's Equality
Safeguarding Reproductive Freedom
Forging the Path to Equality for LGBT People
Ensuring Fairness for All Within our Borders
Guaranteeing the Right to Vote
Advocating for Justice at the Supreme Court


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