The War and Civil Liberties

Strout, Richard Lee
March 1942
New Republic;3/16/42, Vol. 106 Issue 11, p355
Focuses on the civil liberties in the U.S. during the World War II. Concern that the popular frustration over military setbacks will arouse mass violence and the desire to take it out on minority groups; Comments of Roger Baldwin, director of the American Civil Liberties Union on prosecution during the war; Attacks on Attorney General Francis Biddle for leniency to Japanese, agitators and Communists. Concentration on investigation of subversive activity within the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. Each of the 5,200 aliens so far arrested is being given a hearing before a specially constituted civilian board, with final decision up to the Attorney General.


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