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Making of Modern Law: American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990

For most of the twentieth century the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was the principal defender of the rights that citizens can assert against government. Its primary aims have been the defense of the freedoms of speech and press, the separation of church and state, the free exercise of religion, due process of law, equal protection of the law, and the privacy rights of all citizens.  The material in this collection includes correspondence, legal case files, clippings, reports, memoranda and more.

Subjects with heavy coverage include deportation, conscientious objectors, immigration, birth control, labor movements, civil rights movements, etc.  Much of the content in this database consist of handwritten manuscripts: to get the best results, one has to browse by date and file series.

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