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Series 1: Reel Contents - American Civil Liberties Union Microfilm, 1912-1950

12 boxes 44 items 5 Reels 1881 Volumes
The American Civil Liberties Union Records, The Roger Baldwin years, document the activities of the ACLU from 1917 through 1950. The files contain materials on conscientious objection, freedom of speech, academic and religious freedom, censorship, labor rights, the Espionage Act of 1917, political demonstrations, political propaganda, the Ku Klux Klan and other patrioteering organizations, mob violence, racism, lynching, and other civil liberty issues. Materials include correspondence and newspaper clippings.
This series provides access to information on academic freedom cases from roughly 1925 when the Academic Freedom committee came into existence until 1950. There is a small amount of general material prior to 1925. Clippings are generally arranged by state, but there are a few subject files as well. Of special note are the many volumes of clippings on the Scopes trial found under Tennessee. Subjects found under this series are Bible reading laws, anti-evolution laws, loyalty oaths, conscientious objectors, flag burning, bans on lectures, bans on unions, flag salute cases, discrimination, compulsory military training, textbook censorship, Communists in the schools, dismissals of teachers and students and individual cases of various college and university professors.