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Walker, Samuel, 1942-
Presidents and civil liberties from Wilson to Obama : a story of poor custodians / Samuel Walker
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012
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 3rd Floor  KF5053 .W35 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Presidents -- United States
Civil rights -- United States
Executive power -- United States
Physical Description xxi, 546 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 511-520) and index
Contents Introduction: presidents and civil liberties -- Part I. The Early Years -- Woodrow Wilson and the suppression of civil liberties in World War I -- Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover : civil liberties in the wilderness -- Franklin D. Roosevelt : the mixed legacy of a strong president -- Part II. Civil Liberties in the Cold War and Civil Rights Eras -- Harry Truman : courage and contradictions -- Dwight D. Eisenhower : a failure of presidential leadership -- John F. Kennedy : the failed promise of the new frontier -- The glory and the tragedy of Lyndon Johnson -- Richard Nixon : a singular abuse of presidential power -- Part III. The Post-Watergate Era -- Gerald Ford : a minor president in very interesting times -- Jimmy Carter : good civil libertarian, failed president -- Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush : the neoconservative assault on civil liberties -- Bill Clinton : the divided soul of a "new democrat" -- Part IV. Civil Liberties in the Age of Terrorism -- George W. Bush : a systematic assault on the constitution -- Conclusion : reflections on presidents, civil liberties, and democracy : with observations on Barack Obama
Summary "This book is a history of the civil liberties records of American presidents from Woodrow Wilson to Barack Obama. It examines the full range of civil liberties issues: First Amendment rights of freedom of speech, press and assembly; due process; equal protection, including racial justice, women's rights, and lesbian and gay rights; privacy rights, including reproductive freedom; and national security issues. The book argues that presidents have not protected or advanced civil liberties, and that several have perpetrated some of the worst violations. Some Democratic presidents (Wilson and Roosevelt), moreover, have violated civil liberties as badly as some Republican presidents (Nixon and Bush). This is the first book to examine the full civil liberties records of each president (thus, placing a president's record on civil rights with his record on national security issues), and also to compare the performance on particular issues of all the presidents covered"-- Provided by publisher
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