The Right of the People, by William O. Douglas
This volume, based on three lectures which Justice Douglas delivered in the spring of 1957 at Franklin and Marshall College, ranges over a wide variety of subjects in the field of civil liberties. The first lecture, on “Freedom of Expression” and the third, on “The Civilian Authority” (in relation to the military), deal in fairly comprehensive and unified fashion with major groups of issues. Unfortunately, the desire to deal with a wide variety of topics in three short lectures has caused Justice Douglas to lump a number of very diverse matters, ranging from the Federal loyalty-security program to freedom of religion, under the catch-all title, “The Right to Be Let Alone,” in the remaining lecture. It is not an arrangement conducive to maximum clarity, and it seems to me to have the effect of reducing some major rights to a rather minor status.
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