A Measure of Freedom: An Anti-Defamation League Report, by Arnold Forster
A Measure of Freedom, the second commercially published report on anti-Semitism and civil rights compiled by the staff of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, was prepared by Arnold Forster, the League’s civil rights director. Whereas its predecessor, How Secure These Rights? was primarily a review and evaluation of the events of 1948, the present book is more of a miscellany of data and exhortation on group relations. About a third of it deals with the Ku Klux Klan, such “petty hate merchants” as G.L.K. Smith and Merwin K. Hart, organized “hate groups,” and anti-Semitic “incidents” in 1949. The remainder of the book contains one chapter which presents Elmo Roper’s analysis of ten years of public opinion polls on anti-Semitism, two chapters on discrimination in higher education and prejudice among college students, another on discrimination in athletics, and, finally, a review of federal and state legislation and court decisions on civil rights in 1949.
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