Civil Liberties Legacy of Harry S. Truman (The Truman Legacy Series)

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President Truman identified himself as a champion of civil liberties in the American system of government. Although the pursuit of peace topped his agenda, communist containment and civil liberties were, in his mind, closely linked. The Bill of Rights was a source of strength that the U.S had, but that authoritarian regimes did not. To strengthen respect for civil liberties,Truman sought to educate Americans about their great importance. Critics did not always value civil liberties as highly as Truman, and he felt that opponents weakened the pursuit of peace by suggesting that America, in the fight against communism, move away from the great model of liberal principles. Contributers in this volume recognize that President Truman had shortcomings in this area, but he balanced concerns about national security and individual liberties, and worked hard to persuade Americans that civil liberties must be respected. 352 pages, paperback.

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