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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, HUAC and the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee. Though its focus on one individual, the paper illuminates larger themes of the vulnerability of academic freedom and the bureaucratic processes of political repression.

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Online ISSN: 1743-7962

Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID21387. Cold War, Academic McCarthyism, New York University, Edwin Berry Burgum, American Communist Party, Liberalism, anti-Communism, Communism, freedom of expression, NYU, United States
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1606 Political Science
FOR Classification > 2103 Historical Studies
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
SEO Classification > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2011 00:41
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2011 00:41
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7108
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14682740903527692
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