1922 February 22

National Bail Fund for Civil Liberties Cases Established

 

Roger Baldwin, Director of the ACLU, organized the National Bail Fund for Civil Liberties on this day to assist people being prosecuted in civil liberties cases. Baldwin announced a goal of raising $100,000, and said that $60,000 had already been raised. The Fund became one of the principal sources of bail assistance for civil liberties cases in the 1920s.

Learn more about Baldwin and the ACLU: Samuel Walker, In Defense of American Liberties: A History of the ACLU (1990)

And more about Baldwin: Robert Cottrell, Roger Baldwin and the American Civil Liberties Union (2000)

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