Preserving American Freedom

The Evolution of American Liberties in Fifty Documents

Section 6

American Freedom in the World

As America engaged in imperial ventures and positioned itself as the leader of the "free world" in opposition to totalitarian regimes, its citizens were forced to confront realities of what American freedom meant—or should mean. Documents in this section, spanning from 1900 to 1953, include a WWII propaganda radio play, correspondence between a Japanese-American citizen detained by the FBI as an "enemy alien" and his wife and children in an internment camp, and anti-Communist and anti-McCarthy publications. Emily Rosenberg contributes a contextual essay.