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Civil Liberties Organizations of the 1920’s. Responses to the Attacks on Civil Liberties. American Civil Liberties Union National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Anti-Defamation League Universal Negro Improvement Association. Teacher Preparation.

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Civil liberties organizations of the 1920 s

Civil Liberties Organizations of the 1920’s

Responses to the Attacks on Civil Liberties

American Civil Liberties Union

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Anti-Defamation League

Universal Negro Improvement Association

Teacher preparation
Teacher Preparation

  • Copy 1-per-student, back-to-back:

    • Attacks on Civil Liberties Readings

    • Civil Liberties Organizations/Bumper Sticker

  • After the students complete “Attacks on Civil Liberties” review the events with the students.

  • Review the PowerPoint Presentation with the students. It will review the directions for the activity.

Ca standards
CA Standards

  • 11.5.2: Analyze the international and domestic events, interests, and philosophies that prompted attacks on civil liberties, including the Palmer Raids, Marcus Garvey's "back-to-Africa" movement, the Ku Klux Klan, and immigration quotas and the responses of organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the Anti-Defamation League to those attacks.


  • Students will be able to analyze the responses to the attacks on civil liberties during the 1920’s by creating a bumper sticker.

Activity directions
Activity Directions

  • You will be reading about organizations that were formed in the 1920’s to fight attacks on civil liberties and discrimination.

  • Each student in your group will teach the other group members about a specific organization while they take notes on the corresponding worksheet: Civil Liberties Organizations


  • Step 1: Handout the readings to each group member:

    • Person A = ACLU

    • Person B = NAACP

    • Person C = ADL

    • Person D =UNIA

  • Step 2: Read your assigned information and complete the corresponding chart: Civil Liberties Organizations

  • Step 3: You will now take turns teaching the other group members about your assigned organization as they complete the chart.

  • Please do not simply read your notes, explain your topic in detail!

  • Remember: The best way to learn is to TEACH!

The american civil liberties union aclu
The American Civil Liberties Union(ACLU)

  • Date Founded: 1920

  • Founder: Roger Baldwin

  • Purpose/Goals: Began as an organization to fight to stop discrimination against immigrants. Defends people who have been denied rights in the past including people of color; women; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people; prisoners; and people with disabilities.

  • Strategies Used: litigation (lawsuits) & lobbying (influencing decisions made by the government)

The national association for the advancement of colored people naacp
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

  • Date Founded: 1909

  • Founder: W.E.B. Du Bois

  • Purpose/Goals: to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race. to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.

  • Strategies Used: litigation (lawsuits), legislation (laws), educate/inform

The anti defamation league adl
The Anti-Defamation LeagueADL

  • Defamationan abusive attack on a person's character or good name

  • Date Founded: 1913

  • Founder: Order of B'nai B'rith

  • Purpose/Goals: to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.

  • Strategies Used: ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all with policy makers the media and the public.

Universal negro improvement association unia
Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA)

  • Date Founded: 1914

  • Founder: Marcus Garvey

  • Purpose/Goals: a provisional government lead by a spiritual ruling governing body that is established for the purpose of the general uplift of the Black race. Sought to empower blacks worldwide toward economic, religious, psychological, and cultural independence

  • Strategies Used: Promoted “Back to Africa” separatist movement