Birth of Roger Baldwin, Founder of the ACLU

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Roger Baldwin, one of the founders of the ACLU, is born in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Baldwin will join the American Union Against Militarism (AUAM) to protest America's involvement in World War I, then lead the Civil Liberties Bureau (CLB), created by the AUAM to help protect the rights of conscientious objectors.

Baldwin remains director after the CLB separates to become its own independent organization, the National Civil Liberties Bureau. In 1920, NCLB is renamed the American Civil Liberties Union.

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