1935 October 16

Right-Wing Group Offers Free Legal Defense to Protect Constitutional Rights


The Liberty League, a right-wing group primarily devoted to attacking President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, on this day offered to provide free legal defense to anyone who felt his or her constitutional rights were violated by the New Deal and was unable to afford a lawyer.

League spokesperson James M. Beck, a former member of Congress, declared in a radio address that the New Deal was “insidiously undermining the very foundations of the Constitution.”

A free speech issue that particularly alarmed the Liberty League was the new National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and any rulings that might hold anti-union statements or publications as unfair labor practices.

There is no record of the Liberty League undertaking a broad defense of constitutional rights, however. The League was formed in 1934, and enjoyed its heyday in the mid to late-1930s. It disbanded in 1940.

A new right-wing, racist and anti-semitic group called the Liberty Lobby was formed in 1958, but collapsed and died around 2001.

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