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Establishing Academic Freedom

Politics, Principles, and the Development of Core Values

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Part of the Higher Education and Society book series (HES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Timothy Reese Cain
    Pages 1-28
  3. Timothy Reese Cain
    Pages 29-50
  4. Timothy Reese Cain
    Pages 51-73
  5. Timothy Reese Cain
    Pages 75-99
  6. Timothy Reese Cain
    Pages 101-120
  7. Timothy Reese Cain
    Pages 121-140
  8. Timothy Reese Cain
    Pages 141-175
  9. Timothy Reese Cain
    Pages 177-182
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 183-239

About this book


The is this the book-length work addressing the development of academic freedom and the procedures designed to protect it from the 1915 founding of the AAUP and the AAC to their endorsement of the key document in the history of professorial rights and responsibilities, the 1940 Statement of Principles of Academic Freedom and Tenure.


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About the authors

Timothy Reese Cain is an assistant professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His historical research examining academic freedom, faculty unionization and related issues has recently appeared in the AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom, History of Education, History of Education Quarterly, Labor History, Perspectives on the History of Higher Education, and Teachers College Record.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Establishing Academic Freedom
  • Book Subtitle Politics, Principles, and the Development of Core Values
  • Authors Timothy Reese Cain
  • Series Title Higher Education and Society
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2012
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Education Collection Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-00953-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-43607-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-00954-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 239
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Higher Education
    Philosophy of Education
    Social Sciences, general
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"Timothy Cain provides a compelling account of how the academic profession haltingly organized itself to protect academic freedom, explaining the AAUP's role and clarifying it by comparing its activities to those of the American Association of Colleges (AAC), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the Progressive Education Association (PEA). While the time frame for Cain's account is 1915-1940, the issues raised and discussed are relevant to much that is currently experienced on college and university campuses across the nation." - Wayne J. Urban,Paul W. Bryant Professor, College of Education, The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa

"This important book offers the first comprehensive look at how academic freedom, and the tenure system that supports it, developed in the United States. Whereas previous volumes have focused on particular organizations, specific topics, or individual cases, Cain blends all three to show what academic freedom came to mean to the profession, and how it has been defined and defended over time." - Linda Eisenmann, professor of education, professor of history, Wheaton College