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The campus and a nation in crisis : from the American Revolution to Vietnam /
Willis Rudy.
Madison, NJ : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, c1996.
viii, 263 p.
0838636586 (alk. paper)
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Madison, NJ : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, c1996.
0838636586 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 207-252) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1997-04-01:
Rudy (Fairleigh Dickinson Univ.), who coauthored with John S. Brubacher the well-received Higher Education in Transition (3rd. ed., 1976; 4th ed., 1997), poses two critical questions: How do students in colleges and universities react to social and political crises? and, How do their mentors on the faculty and administration react to such challenges? Rudy seeks the answers by studying five critical periods in American history: the American Revolution, the Civil War, WW I and II, and Vietnam. He finds that "colleges and universities of America have responded actively and helpfully in all the major crises confronting their country." He is, of course, aware of differences between different periods. In reviewing student activism during these periods, Rudy observes "certain similar reactions may be discerned, while at the same time points of essential difference become obvious," and concedes that in the Vietnam period, a generation gap existed on and off campus that had been absent in earlier student movements. Rudy provides richly detailed social subsets for each period, which enable him to compare and contrast similarities and differences in student reactions and administrative responses. Rudy acknowledges the fundamental difference between 18th and 19th-century student constituencies (largely drawn from elite classes), and the heterogeneous student bodies of the 20th century in the new multiversity. An elegant book, meticulously researched and documented, for special collections in the history of education and the social sciences. F. Cordasco emeritus, Montclair State University
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Table of Contents
Prefacep. 1
The American Revolutionp. 3
The Civil Warp. 51
The American Campus and the Great War in Europe, 1914-1917p. 101
The Second World War: From Peace Strikes to Pearl Harborp. 123
The Vietnam Erap. 150
Comparisons and Conclusionsp. 204
Notesp. 207
Bibliographyp. 237
Indexp. 253
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