2013.07.17: Matthew Levin: Cold War University: Madison and the New Left in the Sixties [Excerpts]

Cold War University

Cold War University: Madison and the New Left in the Sixties
By Matthew Levin
University of Wisconsin Press; 1 edition (July 17, 2013)

‘In Madison, women had always played an important role in the campus left, including Studies on the Left editor Eleanor Hakim, Student Peace Center founder Ellamae Calvert, Labor Youth League president Alita Letwin, and 1960s activists and leaders Vicki Gabriner, Elizabeth Ewen, and Ann Krooth; they had also managed to find a few female role models among the university’s faculty and staff, especially French professor Germaine Bree and Dean of Women Martha Peterson.’ P. 179.

‘Despite the many attacks, members of the Labor Youth League, no strangers to adversity, responded loudly. The league had been defending civil liberties since its founding, and in response to the March 1953 call by the Campus Young Republicans for a ban on “subversive” groups, league president Alita Letwin argued in the Daily Cardinal for the need to preserve free speech. LYL should be on campus, she declared, because there are students who believe in its principles and want to belong, while, more generally, “freedom of thought and action is the most elementary right of students.” Suggesting that efforts to ban the league were akin to imposing a kind of thought conformity, she also sought to highlight the the group’s work on issues other than its support for Marxism, pointing to the group’s efforts in fighting campus discrimination and working for lower tuition and higher state funding for university education.’
P. 67.

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