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Resisting McCarthyism : to sign or not to sign California's loyalty oath

Author: Bob Blauner
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, ©2009.
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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  Read more...
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Blauner, Bob.
Resisting McCarthyism.
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c2009
(OCoLC)683216269
Named Person: Joseph McCarthy
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bob Blauner
ISBN: 9780804759229 0804759227
OCLC Number: 260254242
Description: xx, 307 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: McCarthyism and the crisis of liberalism --
Anticommunism and academic freedom between two wars. A most contradictory history --
From world war to cold war --
UCLA and the origins of the oath --
Faculty divided. The faculty resists Sproul's oath --
New leaders : Caughey, Lehman, and the NASE --
The "sign or get out" ultimatum --
From the great double cross to the alumni compromise --
The hearings at Berkeley --
The hearings at UCLA --
War in Korea and victory in the courts. Korea changed everything --
Nonsigners fired and go to court --
Warren's new oath : worse than Sproul's? --
McCarthy defeated, but his -ism lingers on --
How the oath changed a university, a nation, and peoples' lives --
Epilogue : from the loyalty oath to the free speech movement.
Responsibility: Bob Blauner.

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