Halting McCarthyism: The Stamler Case in History
AbstractThe now-forgotten Stamler case is a reminder of the days that followed the McCarthy era, and after its damage had been done, when the U.S. Federal Courts became a useful arena for the left. No one rang a bell to say that an era was over and the U.S. courts were open for the Bill of Rights. Instead, persistent and able lawyers, battling side by side with a renewed social (civil rights) movement, discovered that after the long night they could get things done in U.S. courts. The Stamler case achieved no less than a softening up of the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities (HUAC) for its congressional demise in 1974.
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