Lifelong champion of civil liberties and Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) from 1978 to 2001, Ira Glasser portrays the trials and triumphs of the great rights contained in the Bill of Rights - freedom of conscience and of expression, fundamental fairness, and equality. These rights, so sacred and so basic, were long denied many Americans who, to win them, had to wage lonely battles against greater powers. Visions of Liberty is the powerful and passionate salute to the brave souls who marched, prayed, chained hands and clawed their way to a brighter future. Words and pictures combine here to eloquently depict the struggle for human rights in America. The first chapter traces the roots in English law and colonial experience of the Bill of Rights, the starting point and single most crucial event in the development of Americans' concept of basic, inalienable individual liberties. Glasser then elegantly chronicles the struggle for freedom up through the modern age of economic inequality, discrimination based on sexual orientation and the numerous other social challenges that have arisen in the 21st century.
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Ira Glasser , Bob Adelman
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Imprint: Arcade Publishing
ISBN 10: 1611455146
Publication Date: 05 July 2012
Audience: General/trade , General
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Ira Glasser was the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for almost a quarter of a century from 1978 to 2001. Under his direction the ACLU transformed from an understaffed and overworked non-profit into an internationally recognized powerhouse. Glasser opened local ACLU offices in every state, began initiatives active lobbying, and helped multiply the organization's annual budget by a factor of ten. After retiring from the ACLU in 2001, Glasser continued to stay active in causes of national social justice. He currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Drug Policy Alliance. He lives in New York, NY.
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