Litigator, Legislator, and Educator: An Inside View of the American Civil Liberties Union
Sherbin, Joshua A.
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This study focuses on an organization which spans over two generations and thrives today as a major force in the preservation and extension of American civil liberties, The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). In approaching a discussion of a major nationwide organization that has been active throughout most of this century, one becomes aware of the unavoidable need to limit the range and concern of one's investigation. This project will function primarily on two levels: descriptive and analytical. From a descriptive standpoint, my affiliation with the ACLU, the historical development of the ACLU, and the various methods of operation employed by the ACLU will be discussed. Analytically, the role of the Union in contemporary American society will be evaluated, as will discrepancies in effectiveness among the methods used by the ACLU in influencing public policy. As a foundation for analysis, I will draw extensively from hours of interviews conducted with ACLU staff in Michigan, my own impressions compiled from a ten week stint as an ACLU intern, and a modicum of quantitative data.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.