|A Consenting Juveniles narrative is a first-hand account reporting the words of the research subject on his or her experience.|
She knew I was ready for business.
|Source:||Roger Baldwin 1-12-72 5555 notes relating to his boyhood in Wellesley Hills|
by Joseph P. Lash, January 12, 1972
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, Joseph P. Lash Papers, Container 49
After spending a year in jail for resisting the military draft in World War I, Roger Baldwin joined with two colleagues to found the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). He served as executive director for its first 30 years, from 1920 to 1950. In 1947, at the invitation of General Douglas MacArthur, he visited Japan, where he founded the Japan Civil Liberties Union and was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun by the Japanese government. He was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter in 1981.
In 1971 and 72, Baldwin was interviewed by historian Joseph Lash for a biography which was, however, never completed. The following account is taken from Lashs notes of his interviews for the book, which are archived in the FDR Presidential Library.
To consider this account in its historical context, see How Sex Became a Civil Liberty by Leigh Ann Wheeler.1
She was pretty enough but I dont think I was making such distinctions. Good enough. She was an Irish maid. She left after a couple of years, went back to Ireland and raised a family. No emotion, a purely physical thing. She knew I was ready for business. She had seen me taking a bath and was aware I was prepared for an experience.
This material is in the public domain.
Footnotes1. How Sex Became a Civil Liberty
by Leigh Ann Wheeler
Oxford University Press, November 2012