Cover

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Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

List of Tables

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiii

I thought that this work should begin by providing the reader with some autobiographical information which might explain in part why I came to have an interest in this topic. To begin with, I was born in 1962, too young...

List of Abbreviations

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pp. xv-xvi

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Introduction

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pp. 1-9

In the turbulent decade of the 1960s, so scholars, political activists of the era, and contemporary journalists have written, an affluent, socially conscious generation of students flooded into the universities. This generation became inspired by the black civil...

Part One: "A New Generation of Americans…"

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pp. 11-125

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1. "Bastions of Our Defense": Cold War University Administrators

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pp. 13-41

Military-sponsored university research in the United States dramatically increased during World War II as the federal government attempted to achieve technological superiority over the Axis Powers. The advent and intensification of the...

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2. "Those People Would Do the Damndest Things": Faculty Peace Activists

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pp. 42-75

Faculty political activism did not become widespread until the 1930s when many academics drifted in and out of the Communist party and its Popular Front organizations. But it was a rare professor who publicly identified himself as a Communist...

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3. "The Genius of a Nation": Student Dissenters

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pp. 76-125

As late as 1940, just 16 percent of American college-aged youth could afford to attend an institution of higher education and prestigious private and public universities restricted the admission of Catholics and Jews. Liberals, from...

Part Two: "Tempered by War…"

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pp. 127-234

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4. "Let Us Try to Succeed with Reason": 1965-1967

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pp. 129-181

In response to Viet Cong attacks on U.S. military personnel in South Vietnam, Lyndon Johnson began in February 1965 to bomb North Vietnam. Opposition to his Indochina policy appeared on many campuses, coalescing once...

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5. "You Don't Need a Weatherman": 1968-1969

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pp. 182-234

From the Tet Offensive to King's assassination, which produced a new round of race rioting, America in 1968 was disenchanted with the Vietnam War and tired of social protest and Great Society reform. In the wake of the spring student...

Part Three: "Disciplined by a Hard and Bitter Peace"

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pp. 235-274

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6. "Tin Soldiers and Nixon's Coming": 1970

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pp. 237-256

On the evening of February 17,1970, 250 students assembled in the MSU Union to discuss ways of protesting the convictions of the Chicago Seven, the antiwar activists who had disrupted the 1968 Democratic convention. The MSU Weathermen...

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Epilogue: "We Stand against Fear, Hate, Systems, and Structures Not in the Service of Man": Legacies of Protest

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pp. 257-274

In the months following the 1970 strike, the campus Left collapsed. MSU SDS, crippled by ideological divisions and the loss of its most dynamic leaders and members, faded away. Steve Badrich and George Fish had left MSU, and Linda Evans had gone underground...

Notes

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pp. 275-313

Bibliography

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pp. 315-325

Index

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pp. 327-348