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Presidents and Civil Liberties from Wilson to Obama: A Story of Poor Custodians


ISBN13: 9781107677081
Published: May 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2012)
Price: £44.99
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9781107016606



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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.

Subjects:
Other Jurisdictions , USA
Contents:
1. Introduction: presidents and civil liberties

Part I. The Early Years:
2. Woodrow Wilson and the suppression of civil liberties in World War I
3. Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover: civil liberties in the wilderness
4. Franklin D. Roosevelt: the mixed legacy of a strong president

Part II. Civil Liberties in the Cold War and Civil Rights Eras: 5. Harry Truman: courage and contradictions
6. Dwight D. Eisenhower: a failure of presidential leadership
7. John F. Kennedy: the failed promise of the new frontier
8. The glory and the tragedy of Lyndon Johnson
9. Richard Nixon: a singular abuse of presidential power

Part III. The Post-Watergate Era:
10. Gerald Ford: a minor president in very interesting times
11. Jimmy Carter: failed president, good civil libertarian
12. Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush: the neo-conservative assault on civil liberties
13. Bill Clinton: the divided soul of a 'new democrat'

Part IV. Civil Liberties in the Age of Terrorism:
14. George W. Bush: the worst president ever on civil liberties
15. Reflections on presidents, civil liberties, and democracy with observations on Barack Obama.