Thurman Arnold (1891-1969) was a major iconoclast of American law and a great liberal of the 20th century. Born in Laramie, Wyoming, Arnold’s western upbringing influenced his distinctive views about law and power. After studying at Princeton and Harvard Law School, Arnold practiced law in Chicago, served in World War I, and eventually returned to Laramie, where he was a prominent attorney, mayor, and state legislator in the 1920s. As the rise of national corporations began to destroy the local businesses that were the core of his legal practice, Arnold turned from the courtroom to the academics, most notably at Yale Law School, where he became one of the leading spokesmen for the legal realism movement. Arnold’s work attracted the attention of Franklin Roosevelt, who appointed him to head the Antitrust Division during the New Deal. He went on to establish Arnold, Fortas & Porter, which became the epitome of the modern Washington, DC law firm. Arnold and his partners took on the defense of hundreds of individuals accused of Communist sympathies from the government during the darkest days of the McCarthy era. Arnold and his partners argued several of these cases all the way to the Supreme Court at a time when they were trying to build a paying practice of business clients, many of whom objected quite strongly to the defense of alleged subversives.
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"What Is An Un-American?" A Sermon by the Rev. A. Powell Davies, DD, All Souls' Church (Unitarian), Washington, D.C., January 2, 1949
Arthur Powell Davies was minister of All Souls' Church, Unitarian, in Washington, D.C. from 1944 until his death in 1957. He was nationally prominent in the U.S. for his liberal activism advocating civil rights for African Americans and women and his ethical stands against methods employed by the American government during the McCarthy era.
"Should the Un-American Activities Committee Be Abolished," The American Forum of the Air, January 18, 1949
The American Forum of the Air, hosted by Theodore Granik, was a public affairs panel discussion program that aired on the Mutual Broadcasting System and NBC from 1934 to 1956. U.S. Senator Karl Mundt (R-SD) was a HUAC member(1943-1948) while in the U.S. House. U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cellar (D-NY) was a progressive who was attacked by Joseph McCarthy during the 1950s.
Program for the Forum on World Affairs presented by the Philadelphia Bulletin Club Service Bureau, March 22-23, 1949
Attorney Thurman Arnold was a panelist for this forum in a session titled, "Are Congressional Hearings on Communism in the Public Interest?"
Attorney Thurman Arnold's notes for his talk at the Forum on World Affairs, March 22, 1949
Arnold argues against the work of the "Thomas Committee" as HUAC was also known when U.S. Rep. J. Parnell Thomas was chairman from 1947 to 1948.