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Civil Liberties Advance


by Roger N. Baldwin 1939

DESPITE the unprecedented conflicts over civil rights, the flood of new restrictive laws, the intolerances, the mob violence, the warfare between capital and labor, the United States is stronger today in the exercise of civil liberties than at any time in its history, and doubtless freer than any other great democracy in the world. This could not have been said five years ago, nor ten, nor fifteen. But it can be said today, not of a transitory state of affairs, but apparently of one deeply enough embedded in law, public opinion and the sources of political power to stand up against all but war or revolutionary forces. The crises that have produced fascism abroad might well produce it here, but the United States is plainly far from that catastrophe.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 1 Number 1, 1939, p. 12-14
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 13980, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 3:24:53 AM

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