Postwar Higher Learning in America

  • Christopher J. Lucas


On the eve of World War II, when popular fear of “subversives” and “nonconformists” of all stripes was running strong, the mood of depression-era America was definitely not one congenial to academic freedom. Illustrative of the climate of the times was the formation in 1940 of the Rapp-Coudert Committee of the New York State legislature, whose self-appointed task it was to seek out and expose suspected “subversives” within the municipal college system of New York City (now the City University of New York, CUNY).1 It was, to say the least, an inopportune moment for the College of the City of New York to extend an offer of a professorship to the distinguished but controversial British mathematician and logician Bertrand Russell, then on temporary assignment at UCLA.


General Education Academic Freedom Black Student Black College Postwar Period 
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