Interview with Louis Lusky, April 20, 1999

Project: Anne Braden Oral History Project

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Louis Lusky, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, was a well-respected civil liberties attorney, member of the ACLU, Betts Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, and, in his early career, a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Harlan Stone. In this interview, Lusky discusses the socio-political climate of Louisville during the 1950s, the presence of McCarthyism, liberalism, and the general state of race relations, the mixture of which constituted the atmosphere wherein the Braden sedition trial unfolded. He speaks of the evolution of his legal career, his involvement with the ACLU/KCLU, his relationship with Carl Braden as a member of his defense team, and of the general dynamics of the trial. Lusky also speaks of Anne Braden, of his general impressions of her and her life's mission.

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2006oh213_ab022

Interviewee Name

Louis Lusky

Interviewer Name

Catherine Fosl

Interview Date

1999-04-20

Interview Keyword

Civil rights

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Lusky, Louis Interview by Catherine Fosl. 20 Apr. 1999. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Lusky, L. (1999, April 20). Interview by C. Fosl. Anne Braden Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Lusky, Louis, interview by Catherine Fosl. April 20, 1999, Anne Braden Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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