Category: History and Profiles
Laura Murphy of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Image courtesy of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Type "civil liberties" into Google and you'll find two sites right away: This one, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
homepage. For 86 years, the ACLU has challenged U.S., state, county, and local governments in an effort to make sure that the Bill of Rights and the principles that guide it are consistently protected.
But, as is true of most activist organizations, there was a time when the ACLU was a small, marginalized, and largely powerless group of like-minded concerned citizens. Read up on the history of the ACLU
and learn where the ACLU came from
--and what it accomplished under its first two executive directors, Roger Nash Baldwin
and Patrick Murphy Malin