THE QUEST FOR THE DREAM by John P. Roche

THE QUEST FOR THE DREAM

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The dream referred to here is the almost uniquely American one of individual freedom and equity. Mr. Roche, national chairman of ADA, active member of ACLU, and also Professor of Labor and Social Thought and chairman of Brandeis University's department of Politics, voices a loud and sorely needed dissent from the usual liberal interpretation of the history of civil liberties in America. His basic point, brilliantly buttressed throughout, is that despite all our glowing myths of 19th century ""frontier freedom"" and glum predictions of the 1984 variety, ""the United states...has developed over the last five decades, and notably in the last three, radition of due process and equality which it never had before"". The growth of federal power and of national consciousness has curbed the ""militant majority's"" prejudices and propensity for mob rule. Beginning before World War I and vividly sketching the hysteria attending such phenomena as the Palmer raids, the 1928 presidential race, and the careers of such as Father Coughlin and Senator McCarthy, Mr. oche has provided a first-rate history of the struggle to provide every citizen with the right to be different.

Publisher: Macmillan