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For a century, the American Civil Liberties Union has fought to keep Americans in touch with the founding values of the Constitution. As its centennial approached, the organization invited Ellis Cose to become its first ever writer-in-residence, with complete editorial independence.
The result is Cose’s groundbreaking Democracy, If We Can Keep It: The ACLU’s 100-Year Fight for Rights in America, the most authoritative account ever of America’s premier defender of civil liberties. A vivid work of history and journalism, Democracy, If We Can Keep It is not just the definitive story of the ACLU but also an essential account of America’s rediscovery of rights it had granted but long denied. Cose’s narrative begins with World War I and brings us to today, chronicling the ACLU’s role through the horrors of 9/11, the saga of Edward Snowden, and the phenomenon of Donald Trump.
Ellis Cose is a former columnist for Newsweek, chairman of the editorial board of the New York Daily News, contributor and critic for Time, and columnist for USA Today. The author of numerous books, including Democracy, If We Can Keep It: The ACLU’s 100-Year Fight for Rights in America (The New Press) as well as the bestselling The Rage of a Privileged Class, he lives in New York City.
Send questions for Ellis Cose to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 8, to be answered during the live program.
ASL interpretation will be available to attendees.
Visit https://www.theivybookshop.com/ to order your copy of Democracy, If We Can Keep It: The ACLU’s 100-Year Fight for Rights in America.
Thank you to our program supporters: The Ruth Enlow Library, Talbot County Free Library, Carroll County Public Library, Prince George's County Memorial Library System, Kent County Public Library, Howard County Library System.
Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by a bequest from The Miss Howard Hubbard Adult Programming Fund.