By Sarah Hart Brown

Standing opposed to Dragons examines the careers of 3 extraordinary legal professionals who championed civil liberties and fought for civil rights within the twenty years after international warfare II. John Coe of Pensacola, Florida, Clifford Durr of Montgomery, Alabama, and Benjamin Smith of recent Orleans grew to become southern dissenters, resisting either the over the top zeal of the anti-Communist correct and southern segregation laws.

Coe, Durr, and Smith all seemed with their consumers within the much-publicized 1954 research of the Southern convention academic Fund and defended individuals subpoenaed through the home Un-American actions Committee (HUAC). Coe represented the ardent integrationist who used to be the final guy indicted for contempt by means of the HUAC, and Smith's places of work have been raided in 1963 because of his civil rights paintings in Mississippi.

Despite own and political transformations, those males remained devoted civil libertarians during this period of repression. whereas officially rejecting Communism -- protecting freedom of expression and organization in nearly each example -- those advocates, in perform, disavowed individualism in want of the typical reliable and feared the oppression of unbridled govt. accordingly they confronted specialist scorn, own ostracism, and reliable harassment.

Sarah Hart Brown's astute research unearths the big variety of southern political rules and defines the positions of southern liberals and radicals within the broader circulate of yankee liberalism throughout the postwar period.

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