July 2: Victor Rabinowitz, Radical Lawyer

Victor Rabinowitz, a founder of the National Lawyers Guild in 1937 and a defender of many left-wing heroes in American courts, was born in Brooklyn on this date in 1911. Rabinowitz was a long-time law partner with Leonard Boudin, and among their roster of clients were Paul Robeson, Alger Hiss, Benjamin Spock, Julian Bond, Philip […]

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March 16: Herb Kurz: Life Insurance and Civil Liberties

Herb Kurz, the founder of Presidential Life Insurance in 1965 and a progressive supporter of civil liberties activism, was born on this date in 1920. Kurz was the key funder of the NYU Tamiment Library’s Frederic Ewen Center, named for his uncle, a Brooklyn College professor who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era. The Center […]

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