The Jewish Civil Libertarian
Arthur Garfield Hays
Event: Lecture by UAlbany Professor of History Richard Hamm
Venue: William K. Sanford Town Library
This event is free and open to the public.
Co-Sponsor: NYS Civil Liberties Union
February 16, 2012 at 7:00pm
From the 1920s until his death in 1955, Arthur Garfeld
Hays—a grandchild of German-Jewish immigrants—was a
leading advocate of civil liberties in American society. As
UAlbany Professor of History Richard Hamm discusses, Hays
was often embroiled in controversies over Zionism, group
libel laws, and defenses of American Nazis’ free speech
rights. Hays also consistently stuck to his view that the best
way for Jews to protect their own civil liberties was to come
to the defense of other groups who were persecuted.