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Richard Hamm
SUNY Research Foundation, Albany (Albany, NY 12222-0001)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2003 – 7/31/2003

Arthur Garfield Hays and American Civil Liberties in Times of Crisis

From the 1920s into the 1950s, Arthur Garfield Hays was a leading advocate of civil liberties in America. Hays was a successful Wall Street lawyer. Government persecution of World War I’s domestic opponents converted Hays to the cause of civil liberties. Hays thought free speech, the right to express any opinion, a positive good and would defend anyone’s right to assert it. His clients ranged widely. Through representation of clients, direct action, speeches, and writings -- often for ACLU -- Hays sought to guarantee all Americans the rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights. I would use the grant to explain Hays’s contributions to the development of civil liberties in the United States.