Troubled by the repression unleashed by World War I, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. insisted that the functioning of the democratic system depended on the right of all Americans to be heard, regardless of how obnoxious their views, provided their words posed no "clear and present danger." This ideal, which became a defining aspect of the ...Read MoreTroubled by the repression unleashed by World War I, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. insisted that the functioning of the democratic system depended on the right of all Americans to be heard, regardless of how obnoxious their views, provided their words posed no "clear and present danger." This ideal, which became a defining aspect of the nation's political culture in the generation following the war, was put to the test during World War II by the "un-American" rhetoric of Communists, Bundists, Christian fundamentalists, Black nationalists, and others. Idealism faltered as private citizens and government officials, including erstwhile civil libertarians, demanded a new, "realistic" definition of free speech. This book tells how FDRs three attorneys general and their staffs struggled to adjust and apply the Holmesian ideal in the face of demands from the president and the public for ideological conformity and total security. It examines how the ideal postulated by Holmes and generally accepted by liberals and intellectuals in the interwar period fared during its first real test in the conflict widely known as the "good war."Read Less
Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket. 0312173369. Cover is grey with red lettering on spine. Pages are clean and tight; this is a NEW book. Stated 'first edition: April, 1999. "Civil liberties are never more in danger than when restrictions on individual rights are justified in the name of a good case....examines the threats to free speech during World War II, the 'good war' when threats came not from reactionaries but from a liberal president and an attorney general committed to civil liberties. This fine book recovers a forgotten and disturbing chapter in American history"; Samuel Walker, University of Nebraska at Omaha. And in these days and times, is once again a timely and thoughtful book about what civil rights and freedoms mean for Americans.; 5 1/2 x 8 1/2; 309 pages; Cover has very light shelf wear. DJ has shelf wear, rubbing/scuffing, bumping, some crinkling along edges, various small spots of scraping of color down to underlying white; in a mylar cover.
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