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Author Whitfield, Stephen J., author

Title Learning on the Left Political Profiles of Brandeis University / Stephen J. Whitfield
Published Waltham, Massachusetts : Brandeis University Press, 2020
Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 0000


Description 1 online resource (581 pages)
Series Book collections on Project MUSE
Contents Introduction -- The origins -- Early atmospherics -- Champions of human rights -- Two Americanists -- Thinking about justice -- Foreign-born radicals -- Two magazines -- The Sixties -- Champions of civil rights -- Racial grievance : January 1969 -- Native-born outlaws -- Spasms of violence -- Thinking about capitalism -- The travail of reform -- Conclusion
Summary Brandeis University is the United States' only Jewish-sponsored nonsectarian university, and while only being established after World War II, it has risen to become one of the most respected universities in the nation. The faculty and alumni of the university have made exceptional contributions to myriad disciplines, but they have played a surprising formidable role in American politics. Stephen J. Whitfield makes the case for the pertinence of Brandeis University in understanding the vicissitudes of American liberalism since the mid-twentieth century. Founded to serve as a refuge for qualified professors and students haunted by academic antisemitism, Brandeis University attracted those who generally envisioned the republic as worthy of betterment. Whether as liberals or as radicals, figures associated with the university typically adopted a critical stance toward American society and sometimes acted upon their reformist or militant beliefs. This volume is not an institutional history, but instead shows how one university, over the course of seven decades, employed and taught remarkable men and women who belong in our accounts of the evolution of American politics, especially on the left. In vivid prose, Whitfield invites readers to appreciate a singular case of the linkage of political influence with the fate of a particular university in modern America
Notes Issued as part of book collections on Project MUSE
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Brandeis University -- Alumni and alumnae -- Political activity
Brandeis University -- Students -- Political activity
Brandeis University -- Faculty -- Political activity
Brandeis University
Liberalism -- United States -- History
Right and left (Political science) -- United States
Universities and colleges -- Massachusetts -- Waltham -- History
Politics and government
Right and left (Political science)
Students -- Political activity
Universities and colleges
Universities and colleges -- Faculty -- Political activity
United States -- Politics and government.
Massachusetts -- Waltham
United States
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
Author Project Muse, distributor.
ISBN 9781684580125