1919 November 10

American Legion Founded; Begins Anti-Civil Liberties Crusade


The American Legion was founded on this day as a veterans organization, initially of veterans of “The Great War” (which we know as World War I). It immediately became one of the leading super-patriotic and anti-civil liberties organizations in the country.

For some of the American Legion’s anti-civil libertarian activities over the years, see August 3, 1929; August 6, 1954; and February 22, 1964.

Check out the American Legion today: http://www.legion.org

Learn more: William Pencak, For God and Country: The American Legion, 1919–1941 (1989)

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