Political Theory

Liberty in Wartime


This conference considered whether, and to what extent, the needs of national security might justify the expansions of government power at the expense of civil liberties, and how a free society should reconcile the needs for its own preservation and defense with the principle that government’s foremost purpose is the protection of individual liberty.


Conference Readings

Ex Parte Quirin, 317 F.2d 1  (Supreme Court 1942).

New York Times v. United States ("Pentagon Papers"), 403 F.d2 713  (Supreme Court 1971).

Cohen, Gary. “The Keystone Kommandos.” The Atlantic (Febuary 2002): 1-15.

Davis, David. “Ex Parte Milligan Supreme Court Decision.” TeachingAmericanHistory.org. http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/index.asp?document=2209 (July 17, 2012).

Graber, Mark, “Counter Stories: Maintaining and Expanding Civil Liberties in Wartime” In The Constitution in Wartime, edited by Tushnet, Mark, 95-118. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2005.

Johnson, Donald. "Wilson, Burleson, and Censorship in the First World War." Journal of Southern History (February 1962): 46-58. http:www.jstor.org (accessed ).

Lincoln, Abraham. “Proclamation Suspending the Writ of Habeas Corpus.” TeachingAmericanHistory.org. http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/index.asp?document=425 (July 17, 2012).

Price, Byron. "Government Censorship in War-Time." American Political Science Review, Volume 36 (October 1942): 837-849. http://www.jstor.org/ (accessed ).

Rehnquist, William H.. All the Laws But One--Civil Liberties in Wartime. New York: Vintage Books (David McKay Co. - Random), 2000.

Stone, Geoffrey R. . Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime. New York: Norton, 2004.

Taney, R. B. “Ex Parte Merryman Court Decision.” TeachingAmericanHistory.org. http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/index.asp?document=442 (July 17, 2012).

Tushnet, Mark, “Defending Korematsu? Reflections on Civil Liberties in Wartime” In The Constitution in Wartime, edited by Tushnet, Mark, 124-136. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2005.