1926 October 13

Right-Wing General Charges ACLU is “Moscow Controlled;” ACLU Demands Evidence


Gen. Peter E. Traub, former Chief of Staff of 77th Division of the U.S. Army charged that the ACLU was “Moscow-controlled,” and “the most radical organization in the country.” The ACLU rebutted the charge on this day, demanded that Ge. Traub “produce evidence” to support it, and challenged him to a public debate.

The ACLU was founded on January 19, 1920, and has been attacked as “un-American” by right-wing groups and individuals ever since.

Read: Samuel Walker, In Defense of American Liberties: A History of the ACLU (1990)

Read the ACLU FBI File (not the complete file): http://vault.fbi.gov/ACLU

Learn about the ACLU today: www.aclu.org

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