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Female teen talking to the American Youth Congress. about the most important single affirmative step ever taken to guaranteed civil liberties in the United States in recent years. It is symptomatic of the situation in which we find ourselves today that this measure more than any other single measure on the books has been under the fire of ruthless and unfair attacks and is in grave danger of being repealed or hamstrung. I refer to the National Labor Relations Act, the Wagner Act. It has established in the framework of our law, the right of men to organize into unions, free from employer interference and to bargain collectively through such organizations. In doing so the Wagner Act makes meaningful to workers what has been in a great extent to them, an abstract bill of rights. Make no mistake about it, freedom of the press is surely just as involved when a union seeks to publish and distribute a leaflet as when the Herald Tribune expresses its rather queer notions about the American Youth Congress. It s a shameful chapter in our recent history that from the very day of its inception, the Wagner Act has been subjected to a campaign of misrepresentation, vilification, and abuse, aimed not so much at the Act as the basic civil liberties it protects.