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“Running with the hounds”: Academic McCarthyism and New York University, 1952-53

Deery, Phillip (2010) “Running with the hounds”: Academic McCarthyism and New York University, 1952-53. Cold War History, 10 (4). pp. 469-492. ISSN 1468-2745

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Abstract

This paper is an anatomy of an inquisition. It examines the Cold War persecution of Edwin Berry Burgum, a university professor and literary theorist. Whilst his professional competence was consistently applauded, his academic career was abruptly destroyed. His “fitness to teach” was determined by his political beliefs: he was a member of the American Communist Party. The paper argues that New York University, an institution that embodied liberal values, collaborated with McCarthyism. Using previously overlooked or unavailable sources, it reveals cooperation between NYU’s executive officers and the FBI, the House Committee on Un-American Activities and the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee. Through its focus on one individual, the paper illuminates larger themes of the vulnerability of academic freedom and the bureaucratic processes of political repression.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: SEO Classification > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
FOR Classification > 2103 Historical Studies
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
RFCD Classification > 430000 History and Archaeology
Depositing User: Prof Phillip deery
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2010 07:03
Last Modified: 24 May 2013 04:11
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/15468
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