Synopsis by Alice Day
In its ongoing quest for the true spirit of liberty, the ACLU has championed the cause for individual rights for the past 80 years. In this film, its history is told, beginning with the founding of the organization by Roger Baldwin. American Civil Liberties Union: A History follows the ACLU through legal battles that include the Scopes trial, Japanese internment, blacklisting, and the Vietnam war crimes trials. It has fought for freedom of expression and the rights of minorities, angering many political groups in the process. Commentators include Oliver North, Dave Barry, and Molly Ivins.