American Civil Liberties Union


noun

an organization founded in 1920 to defend the civil rights of all U.S. citizens. Abbreviations: ACLU, A.C.L.U.

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American Civil Liberties Union

An organization founded in 1920 in the wake of the red scare to defend civil liberties. The ACLU has often defended the rights of individuals aligned with unpopular causes, including American communists and Nazis.

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