Univ of Wisconsin V4: Renewal to Revolution, 1945-1971

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, 1999 - Education - 900 pages
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A great university in turbulent times

From the deluge of World War II vets on the GI bill through the 1960s radicalism that made national headlines, the University of Wisconsin's history has been a part of American history. Historians, as well as the University's hundreds of thousands of alumni, faculty, staff, and students, will welcome this fourth volume covering the University's recent past.

E. David Cronon and John W. Jenkins record in lively, readable prose a period that began with the influx of returning war veterans, more than doubling the University's enrollment in a single year. They explore the dark McCarthy era of loyalty oaths and blacklists during the 1950s and detail the actions of University president E. B. Fred, who stood out among American academic leaders for his commitment to principle and fair play.

The turbulent 1960s, which opened with students reporting on their summertime Freedom Ride experiences throughout the American South and ended with the Vietnam War-related bombing of Sterling Hall in 1970, are a record of how an era of idealism gave way to one characterized by angry dissent and disorder, the rise of women's liberation, flower power, black power, and student power.

The history concludes with the passage of legislation creating the University of Wisconsin System of campuses in 1971--an action that followed nearly three decades of experiments, compromises, and political struggles involving several governors.


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Handling the GI Invasion
The Insider President
A Caretaker President
The Imperial President
The Academic Enterprise
Reshaping the Wisconsin Idea
The Rise of Student Power
From Rights to Revolution
The UW System Merger
End of an
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E. David Cronon, emeritus professor of history and former Letters and Science dean at the University of Wisconsin Madison, has been associated with the University since 1948. His numerous books and articles explore economic and political issues in twentieth-century American history. John W. Jenkins is University Historian for the University of Wisconsin Madison.

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