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Upton Sinclair Biography

Author and Co-founder of Southern California ACLU
Pro to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"

In 1923 Upton Sinclair co-founded the ACLU’s first permanent affiliate, Southern California ACLU, as an organization to protect public workers, in response to the arrest of dock workers who had gone on strike.

The History of the ACLU Southern California website

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • ACLU establishes annual Upton Sinclair Freedom of Expression Awards, 2003
  • Liberty Hill Foundation establishes annual Upton Sinclair Award, awarded for outstanding work in the protection of civil liberties, 1983
  • Pulitzer Prize for Dragon’s Teeth, 1943
  • Co-founded the Southern California ACLU, the first permanent ACLU affiliate, after marine transport workers in Los Angeles were jailed for going on strike, 1923
  • Co-founded the National Civil Liberties Bureau, a precursor to the ACLU, along with Crystal Eastman, Roger Baldwin, and Norman Thomas, 1917
  • Graduate degree, Columbia University, 1900
  • BA, College of the City of New York, 1897
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