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Priests of Our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge

Marjorie Heins


This book tells of the teachers and professors who battled the anti-communist witch hunt of the 1950s. It traces the political fortunes of academic freedom beginning in the late nineteenth century, both on campus and in the courts. Combining political and legal history with wrenching personal stories, the book details how the anti-communist excesses of the 1950s inspired the Supreme Court to recognize the vital role of teachers and professors in American democracy. The crushing of dissent in the 1950s impoverished political discourse in ways that are still being felt, and First Amendment acade ... More

Keywords: witch hunt, anti-communism, academic freedom, American democracy, 1950s, First Amendment, dissent

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780814790519
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814790519.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marjorie Heins, author