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Bad Faith: Teachers, Liberalism, and the Origins of McCarthyism

Andrew Feffer


In late summer 1940, as war spread across Europe and as the nation pulled itself out of the Great Depression, an anticommunist hysteria convulsed New York City. Targeting the city’s municipal colleges and public schools, the state legislature’s Rapp-Coudert investigation dragged hundreds of suspects before public and private tribunals to root out a perceived communist conspiracy to hijack the city’s teachers unions, subvert public education, and indoctrinate the nation’s youth. This book recounts the history of this witch-hunt, which lasted from August 1940 to March 1942. Anticipating McCarthy ... More

Keywords: academic freedom, anticommunism, civil liberties, Communism, liberalism, higher education, McCarthyism, New York City—history, teachers, teachers unions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780823281169
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823281169.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Feffer, author
Union College