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Last files of segregation-era commission unsealed

[JURIST] The last four files of the Alabama Legislative Commission to Preserve the Peace were released to the public this week by Alabama state archivists [press release]. The segregation-era state agency secretly monitored the activities of a range of groups from civil rights workers to interracial couples to suspected communists. Sam Webb, a history professor at University of Alabama at Birmingham [university website], described the group as "sort of like an intelligence-gathering organization for the extreme right wing." A larger section of the group's files was unsealed 10 years ago but the last documents had been kept sealed by a federal court order to protect the names of juveniles in the files. AP has more.

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