On January 19, 1920, a small group of idealists and visionaries, including Helen Keller, Jane Addams, Roger Baldwin, and Crystal Eastman, founded the American Civil Liberties Union. A century after its creation, the ACLU remains the nation’s premier defender of the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.
In collaboration with the ACLU, authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman have curated an anthology of essays about landmark cases in the organization’s one-hundred-year history. Fight of the Century takes you inside the trials and the stories that have shaped modern life. Some of the most prominent cases that the ACLU has been involved in—Brown v. Board of Education, Roe v. Wade, Miranda v. Arizona—need little introduction. Others you may never even have heard of, yet their outcomes quietly defined the world we live in now. Familiar or little-known, each case springs to vivid life in the hands of the acclaimed writers who dive into the history, narrate their personal experiences, and debate the questions at the heart of each issue.
Hector Tobar introduces us to Ernesto Miranda, the felon whose wrongful conviction inspired the now-iconic Miranda rights—which the police would later read to the man suspected of killing him. Yaa Gyasi confronts the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education, in which the ACLU submitted a friend of- the-court brief questioning why a nation that has sent men to the moon still has public schools so unequal that they may as well be on different planets. True to the ACLU’s spirit of principled dissent, Scott Turow offers a blistering critique of the ACLU’s stance on campaign finance.
These powerful stories, along with essays from Neil Gaiman, Meg Wolitzer, Salman Rushdie, Ann Patchett, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Louise Erdrich, George Saunders, and many more, remind us that the issues the ACLU has engaged over the past one hundred years remain as vital as ever today, and that we can never take our liberties for granted.
Chabon and Waldman are donating their advance to the ACLU and the contributors are forgoing payment.
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About the Author
Ayelet Waldman is the author of the memoir, A Really Good Day, as well as of novels including Love and Treasure, Red Hook Road, and Love and Other Impossible Pursuits. She is the editor of Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women's Prisons, and with Michael Chabon, of Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation.
Other contributors include: Viet Thanh Nguyen, Jacqueline Woodson, Michael Chabon, Ann Patchett, Brit Bennett, Steven Okazaki, Daniel Handler, Geraldine Brooks, Yaa Gyasi, Sergio De La Pava, Dave Eggers, Timothy Egan, Yiyun Li, Meg Wolitzer, Hector Tobar, Aleksandar Hemon, Elizabeth Strout, Nicole Adrian LeBlanc, Rabih Alameddine, Moriel Rothman-Zecher, Jonathan Lethem, Salman Rushdie, Lauren Groff, Ayelet Waldman, Jennifer Egan, Scott Turow, Morgan Parker, Victor LaValle, Michael Cunningham, Neil Gaiman, Jesmyn Ward, George Saunders, Marlon James, William Finnegan, Anthony Doerr, Charlie Jane Anders, Brenda J. Childs, Andrew, Sean Greer, Francisco Goldman, and Louise Erdrich.
Date of Birth:May 24, 1963
Place of Birth:Washington, D.C.
Education:B.A., University of Pittsburgh; M.F.A., University of California at Irvine
Table of Contents
Introduction Michael Chabon Ayelet Waldman xiii
Foreword David Cole xvii
Viet Thanh Nguyen on Stromberg v. California (1931) 1
Jacqueline Woodson on Powell v. Alabama (1932) and Patterson v. Alabama (1935) 6
Michael Chabon on United States v. One Book Called "Ulysses" (1933) 11
Ann Patchett on Edwards v. California (1941) 24
Brit Bennett on West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943) 29
Steven Okazaki on Korematsu v. United States (1944) 34
Daniel Handler on Hannegan v. Esquire (1946) 40
Geraldine Brooks on Terminiello v. City of Chicago (1949) 44
Yaa Gyasi on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954) 49
Sergio De La Pava on Gideon v. Wainwright (1963) 57
Dave Eggers on Escobedo v. Illinois (1964) 66
Timothy Egan on New York Times Co. v. Sullivan (1964) 71
Yiyun Li on Lamont v. Postmaster General (1965) 77
Meg Wolitzer on Griswold v. Connecticut (1965) 82
Hector Tobar on Miranda v. Arizona (1966) 86
Aleksandar Hemon on Loving v. Virginia (1967) 93
Elizabeth Strout On Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (1969) 100
Adrian Nicole Leblanc on Gregory v. City of Chicago (1969) 105
Rabih Alameddine on Street v. New York (1969) 112
Moriel Rothman-Zecher on Brandenburg v. Ohio (1969) 118
Jonathan Lethem on Cohen v. California (1971) 128
Salman Rushdie on New York Times Co. v. United States (1971) 133
Lauren Groff on Roe v. Wade (1973) and Doe v. Bolton (1973) 138
Ayelet Waldman on O'Connor v. Donaldson (1975) 145
Jennifer Egan on Weinberger v. Wiesenfeld (1975) 152
Scott Turow on Buckley v. Valeo (1976) 158
Morgan Parker on Bob Jones University v. United States (1983) 166
Victor Lavalle on Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye v. City of Hialeah (1993) 183
Michael Cunningham on Hurley v. Irish-American Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Group of Boston (1995) 189
Neil Gaiman on Reno v. ACLU (1997) and Ashcroft v. ACLU (2004) 196
Jesmyn Ward On City of Chicago v. Morales (1999) 205
Moses Sumney on Zadvydas v. Davis (2001) 213
George Saunders on Immigration and Naturalization Service v. St Cyr (2001) 224
Marlon James on Lawrence v. Texas (2003) 237
William Finnegan on Rasul v. Bush (2004) 243
Anthony Doerr on Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District (2005) 252
Charlie Jane Anders on Schroer v. Billington (2008) 263
Brenda J. Child on Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl (2013) 268
Andrew Sean Greer on United States v. Windsor (2013) 280
Louise Erdrich on ACLU v. United States Department of Defense, et al. (2018) 286
The Contributors 295
Copyright Credits 303