Cold War on Campus: A Study of the Politics of Organizational Control

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Transaction Publishers, Jan 1, 1989 - Education - 358 pages
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During the early years of the cold war, concerns about communist, radical, or left-wing faculty in American institutions of higher learning were widespread. Now available in paperback, this is the first extensive study of how academic administrators responded to these public concerns, the underlying issues, and what accounted for which faculty members became victims of the cold war on campus.

Lewis looks closely at controversies on fifty-eighth colleges and universities during the period from 1946 to 1956. He finds that in general the cold war on campuses was fought out over issues of academic freedom rather than political ideology. In fact, only a handful of faculty were members of the Communist party, and there is nothing to suggest that even this minority was involved in conspiratorial activities, sabotage, or other activities that resulted in civil unrest. What then explains what happened on American campuses during this period?

The central argument of "Cold War on Campus "is that political considerations were important in .determining who was picked out and labeled, and whose career was threatened; but after that, political considerations played hardly any role in how matters on campus developed and were resolved.

  

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Contents

The Cold War in America and on Campus
7
Studying the Cold War on Campus
29
Precipitating Events Catching the Spotlight
49
Pressure and Reaction
79
Concerns and Charges
97
Committees
131
Rights and Obligations
169
Publicity and Embarrassment
205
Excerpts from Minutes of Meetings of the Regents of the University of Colorado
289
Testimony by a State Legislator before the Regents of the University of Colorado
293
Example of Formal Charges
297
The Consequences of Taking the Fifth Amendment
303
An Example of Administrative Dominance of a Committee
313
Committee Action in the Case of Two Junior Faculty
319
Edited Transcript of Hearing at a Private University
323
Noncooperation Three Views
335

Diversity in Administrative Reaction and Style
235
Administrative Power Concerns and Pursuit of the Cold War
263
Preparing the List of Institutions
277
Statistical Profile of the American Campus 19461956
281
Example of Congressional Testimony
283
From the Meeting Held 3 and 4 October 1956 between Professor Philip Morrison and Five Members of the Board of Trustees of Cornell University
341
Excerpts from Report of Committee of Inquiry Concerning the Activities of Professor Philip Morrison Cornell University
351
Index
355
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Lionel S. Lewis is professor of sociology and adjunct professor of higher education at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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