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The Development of Academic Freedom in the United States


reviewed by Lawrence A. Cremin 1956

coverTitle: The Development of Academic Freedom in the United States
Author(s): Richard Hoestadter, Walter P. Meitzger
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: , Pages: , Year:
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Messrs. Hofstadter and Metzger have peopled their history of academic freedom with familiar mortals—clergymen sincerely trying to serve knowledge along with creed, college presidents desperately seeking to mediate between venturesome faculties and reticent donors, alumni who cannot reconcile pleasant memories with the hard reality of change, and professors perplexed over the true meaning of profession. Familiar mortals, but necessary ones if the authors are not to "play tricks on the dead." For the history of academic freedom is not, as too often portrayed, the story of a disembodied idea realizing itself over time. It is the story of men who think and act, and who govern and justify their acts with principles. The account begins with the thirteenth-century origins of the modern university. A long introductory chapter successfully bypasses the usual caricatures of medieval university life and seeks to determine what measure of freedom the masters actually enjoyed and what principles... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 58 Number 1, 1956, p. 47-47
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4565, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 9:41:01 PM

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