The story of the ACLU of Missouri is long and complex — and the process for researching this history is the work of many, many individuals.
In January 2020, Emily Gross, a Washington University student interning with the ACLU-MO centennial project, spoke with lawyer and journalist Bill Freivogel about the complexity of this history. Together they discuss the role of the ACLU in key civil rights events, both locally and nationally, along with some musings on early 2020 politics.
Listen to the full conversation here:
About the speakers
As a married journalism duo, Bill and Margaret Wolf Frievogel covered stories about civil rights and civil liberties for decades in St. Louis. Along with their extensive professional experience, Bill and Margaret also dove into the archives as the 2020 centennial approached.
Emily Gross is one of seven undergraduate interns who helped track down the history of the ACLU-MO. Starting the fall 2019 semester, she worked to fill in missing gaps in the compiled timeline including surveying archives from the Mid-Missouri chapter and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)-Western Missouri preserved at the State Historical Society of Missouri. She concluded her internship in early 2020, assisting at the exhibit opening event and interviewing Bill.
ACLU-MO @ 100
This post is part of a series in recognition of the American Civil Liberty Union of Missouri’s centennial year (1920-2020). Read more stories at: https://library.wustl.edu/tag/ACLU-MO@100/