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Attorneys general : enforcing the law

Author: Phyllis Raybin Emert
Publisher: Minneapolis : Oliver Press, ©2005.
Series: In the cabinet.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : Elementary and junior high school : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Profiles eight influencial attorneys general and describes their accomplishments, and their term of office. As the nation's chief law enforcement officer, each of these attorneys general dealt with controversial legal issues and political events. William Wirt helped define the role. Edward Bates (the Civil War), A. Mitchell Palmer (the Red Scare), and Francis Biddle (World War II) restricted civil liberties during  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Juvenile works
Juvenile literature
Biography Juvenile literature
Material Type: Biography, Elementary and junior high school
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Phyllis Raybin Emert
ISBN: 1881508668 9781881508663
OCLC Number: 54350449
Description: 176 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm.
Contents: William Wirt : defining the office --
Edward Bates : war, civil liberties, and slavery --
A. Mitchell Palmer : abusing the office --
Francis Biddle : loyalty versus conscience --
Herbert Brownell : beginning the fight for equality --
Robert F. Kennedy : the struggle for civil rights --
Edwin Meese III : politicizing the office --
Janet Reno : first female Attorney General.
Series Title: In the cabinet.
Responsibility: Phyllis Raybin Emert.

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Profiles eight influencial attorneys general and describes their accomplishments, and their term of office. As the nation's chief law enforcement officer, each of these attorneys general dealt with controversial legal issues and political events. William Wirt helped define the role. Edward Bates (the Civil War), A. Mitchell Palmer (the Red Scare), and Francis Biddle (World War II) restricted civil liberties during times of war and unrest, while Herbert Brownell and Robert F. Kennedy advanced civil rights. Edwin Meese brought a conservative agenda to the Justice Department in the 1980s, and Janet Reno made headlines with the Waco and Elian Gonzales cases in the 1990s. An afterword discusses John Ashcroft and the balance of civil liberties with national security.

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