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    The Birth of Civil Liberties

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    I have some questions.

    1) What does Foner mean by "The Birth of Civil Liberties" in his book? For whom and in what context? I am looking for specific cases, like the Palmer Raids.

    2) What are the parallels to the present in terms of civil liberties and crackdowns post 9/11? Where are they and are they constitutionally justified according to any of the Foner parallels?

    3) In an example from the not so distant past, how does this play out with debates over the flag burning amendment that failed in the Senate by one vote in 2006?

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    Civil Liberties

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    1) The fact that you referenced the Palmer Raids is very telling, because it reveals the fact that, prior to that time, the country really had no widespread fear of any certain people group. They also did not have the sufficient means to dispel a serious threat apart from the military directly?and that was highly inefficient as an option. The FBI itself was relatively new (and had just recently been given the authority to carry weapons, for example). So, while it was a time of fear, it kind of reveals the core of the metaphor: just as a baby is born, so too were 'Civil Liberties' when it came to things like those raids, or McCarthyism, the Tuskegee Airmen, or Japanese Internment, to name a ...

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    The birth of civil liberties are examined. The parallels to the present in terms of civil liberties and crackdowns post 9/11.

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