Resisting Mccarthyism

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  • Copyright: 2009-05-13
  • Publisher: Stanford Univ Pr
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Of the sixty-nine professors fired nationwide for political reasons during the McCarthy Era, nearly half were from the University of California. A small band of men and women at California's Berkeley and Los Angeles campuses defied the stranglehold of McCarthyism in a refusal to sign the non-communist loyalty oath required by the institution. While college professors across the nation meekly acquiesced to non-communist oaths in order to keep their jobs, this group of "nonsigners" resisted in defense of free speech. Revisiting a controversy considered one of the most important crises ever faced by an American university, Bob Blauner brings to life the stories of those who exhibited such civic courage. His account draws on new, previously untapped primary sources and interviews with surviving participants and their children. In a narrative that unfolds like a suspense thriller and with tragically flawed as well as heroic characters on both sides of the conflict, this incredible look at the beginnings of resistance within the California system reminds us of the importance of free speech and academic freedom in American culture. The legacy of these resisters and the fears of those engaged in the global fight against communism continue to resonate in contemporary society as we debate the meanings and obligations of freedom, patriotism, and civic duty.

Author Biography

Bob Blauner is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Black Lives, White Lives: Three Decades of Race Relations in America (1989), Racial Oppression in America (1972, reissued in 2001), and Our Mothers' Spirits: Great Writers on the Death of Mothers and the Grief of Men (1997).

Table of Contents

Photographsp. vii
Prefacep. xiii
McCarthyism and the Crisis of Liberalismp. 1
Anticommunism and Academic Freedom Between Two Wars
A Most Contradictory Historyp. 15
From World War to Cold Warp. 36
UCLA and the Origins of the Loyalty Oathp. 50
A Faculty Divided
The Faculty Resists Sproul's Oathp. 65
New Leaders: Caughey, Lehman, and the NASEp. 82
The "Sign or Get Out" Ultimatump. 98
From the Great Double Cross to the Alumni Compromisep. 113
The Hearings at Berkeleyp. 133
The Hearings at UCLAp. 152
War in Korea and Victory In The Courts
Korea Changed Everythingp. 165
Regents Fire the Nonsignersp. 178
Warren's New Oath: Worse Than Sproul's?p. 192
McCarthy Defeated, but His-ism Lingers Onp. 212
How the Oath Changed a University, a Nation, and People's Livesp. 220
Epilogue From the Loyalty Oath to the Free Speech Movementp. 233
Acknowledgmentsp. 243
Notesp. 249
Indexp. 297
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