Law 6936, Spring 2002
Civil Liberties in Times of War and Trouble
© Elizabeth Dale 2002
Room: 350 Holland Hall
T:8:00-10:15 (at 234 Keene-Flint, on main campus)
W: 8:15-9:10 (in Room 350 Holland Hall)
Th: 8:00-10:15 (at 234 Keene-Flint, on main campus)
F: 8:00-noon (at 234 Keene Flint, on main campus)
(Note: I may have meetings, etc on Friday, to make sure I will be at my office that morning, please call or email in advance)
Office: 234 Keene-Flint
Michael Kent Curtis, Free Speech: The People’s Darling Privilege (Duke 2000)
Mark Neely, The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War (Oxford, 1992)
Richard Polenberg, Fighting Faiths: The Abrams Case, the Supreme Court, and Free Speech (Cornell, 1999)
Peter Irons, Justice at War (California, 1993)
Mary L. Dudziak, Cold War Civil Rights (Princeton 2000)
Other assigned materials will be linked to this syllabus, unless noted below.
Class participation worth 10% of grade
Draft final paper, and presentation worth 40% of grade
Final paper worth 50% of grade
Your final paper is to be roughly 15-20 pages long, except for students who are doing this for their senior paper. Their papers must be between 20-25 pages long.
For a list of possible final paper topics, see the law 6936 web page, under seminar paper topics.
Schedule of classes:
January 16, 2002: first class
January 23, 2002: John Peter Zenger trial http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/zenger/zenger.html
January 30, 2002: Alien and Sedition Acts , readings from Curtis, Free Speech (through page 117)
February 6, 2002: Abolition materials , readings from Curtis, Free Speech (from page 117 through page 300)
February 13, 2002: Neely, Fate of Liberty, Civil War Era cases. You might also read the rest of Curtis, Free Speech.
February 20, 2002: World War 1 and the Red Scare: Polenberg, Fighting Faiths; Schenk, Abrams
February 27, 2002: Sacco and Vanzetti trial http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/SaccoV/SaccoV.htm
You might, if you have time, compare the account of their case presented at a “popular history” site.
March 13, 2002: World War II and internments, Irons, Justice at War
March 20, 2002: Cold War, Dudziak, Cold War Civil Rights
March 27, 2002: The Rosenberg Case (please look at both part 01 and part 02 of the FBI file)
For background on the case, you might look at a popular account of their case
April 3, 2002: Vietnam: Chicago Seven Trial ( http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Delphi/1553/c68other.html )
(Please read the links under Convention Week and Conspiracy Trial)
April 10, 2002: 1st week of presentations
April 17, 2002: 2d week of presentations, draft of final paper due
Draft of final paper returned Monday April 22, 2002
April 24, 2002: 3d week of presentations, last day of class
Finals weeks: final paper due