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ISBN: 0814790518
Author: Marjorie Heins
Language: English
Publisher: NYU Press (February 4, 2013)
Pages: 384
Category: Social Sciences
Subcategory: Other
Rating: 4.3
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Priests of Our Democracy is a smart, well-crafted insightful book by an especially qualified author.

Priests of Our Democracy is a smart, well-crafted insightful book by an especially qualified author. -Michael Steven Smith,Against the Current . In this insightful and illuminating history of academic freedom and the Constitution, Marjorie Heins brings to life the characters, controversies, and cases that have framed the evolution of this critical and contentious realm of American liberty. -Geoffrey R. Stone,Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago.

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Home Browse Books Book details, Priests of Our Democracy: The Supreme Court,. Priests of Our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge. Priests of Our Democracy tells of the teachers and professors who battled the anti-communist witch hunt of the 1950s. It traces the political fortunes of academic freedom beginning in the late 19th century, both on campus and in the courts.

Heins shows that academic freedom is multidimensional, and its meanings are profoundly affected by cultural and political conditions.

Heins is a civil liberties lawyer and her particular aim in Priests of Our Democracy is to examine the Supreme Court’s role in defining a constitutional foundation for academic freedom, especially during the McCarthy years

Heins is a civil liberties lawyer and her particular aim in Priests of Our Democracy is to examine the Supreme Court’s role in defining a constitutional foundation for academic freedom, especially during the McCarthy years.

Priests of Our Democracy tells of the teachers and professors who battled the anti-communist witch hunt of the 1950s. Combining political and legal history with wrenching personal stories, the book details how the anti-communist excesses of the 1950s inspired the Supreme Court to recognize the vital role of teachers and professors in American democracy.

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Originally presented October 10, 2013. Marjorie Heins, civil liberties lawyer, writer, teacher, and the founding director of the Free Expression Policy Project discusses her new book, Priests of Our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge.

The Supreme Court’s 1967 decision inKeyishian v. Board of Regentswas fatal to loyalty programs across the nation.

Published by: NYU Press. Priests of Our Democracy tells of the teachers and professors who resisted the witch hunt, those who collaborated, and those whose battles led to landmark Supreme Court decisions. The Supreme Court’s 1967 decision inKeyishian v.

Marjorie Heins crafts a complete picture of the process in which academic freedom became a special concern of. .Citation: Jennifer Vannette.

Marjorie Heins crafts a complete picture of the process in which academic freedom became a special concern of the First Amendment (p. 8). She argues that both the legal repudiation of loyalty oaths in Keyishian v. Board of Regents (1967), and the witch hunts and purges of teachers leading up to the Keyishian victory still resonate today.

Priests of Our Democracy tells of the teachers and professors who battled the anti-communist witch hunt of the 1950s. It traces the political fortunes of academic freedom beginning in the late 19th century, both on campus and in the courts. Combining political and legal history with wrenching personal stories, the book details how the anti-communist excesses of the 1950s inspired the Supreme Court to recognize the vital role of teachers and professors in American democracy. The crushing of dissent in the 1950s impoverished political discourse in ways that are still being felt, and First Amendment academic freedom, a product of that period, is in peril today. In compelling terms, this book shows why the issue should matter to everyone.

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Authis
If a foreign country disabled our best teachers, scientists,diplomats, artists and ordinary citizens their would be a call for a declaration of war. But starting in the 1930's it was not a foreign power that did this, It was a group of corrupt politicians (Senator McCarthy-who came later.,et.al,), bureaucrats ( Mr.Edgar Hoover and others in the Justice Department). lawyers. and paid perjurers who went on a crusade to promote their careers by promoting the myth of communist power over America,

Ms. Heins describes how loyalty oaths and lists of "subversive" organizations were used to crush reasonable discourse of complex problems, This discourse is needed to keep democracy strong. Most of the book deals with the New York teachers but they were among the key figures in the court cases that led to academic freedom.

The court cases are complex but Ms Heins outlines them so that a non-lawyer can follow the story as it unfolds. Anyone interested in academic freedom, the importance of the Bill of Rights and why this problem could recur in another guise should read this great book.
Amarin
"The Priests of Our Democracy,The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom and The Anti-Communist Purge" reminded me once again of the pleasure to be had from reading a well organized, balanced and relevant historical perspective on issues that affect America today.
The intimidation that existed in academia during the McCarthy years was not new to me; certainly many times I have wondered about the moral courage I might have had during those dark times. The book brought to life the professors, teachers and unions that suffered the times. What was new to me was an historical context going back to before the Popular Front, and to my surprise, I was interested in specific Supreme Court decisions and the legal history involved. Ms Heins, of course, points out how every era has had its scapegoats and prejudices that have challenged free inquiry. She affirms the particular necessity now to be vigilant when the exchange of ideas are suppressed in the service of for example, fighting terrorism or uncritically supporting our allies.. But I'm just scanning. Read the book. You too will find it rewarding to be engaged in such an informative, well organized, book about a dark period in our history. And to holding fast to a vision of America's potential for something better.
Macill
An outstanding well researched presentation of a blot on our record too often forgotten. Very readable for a sociological treatise .
Cordabor
If you are looking for a book about how Priests who spoke out against communism were murdered by communists, this is not it. If you were looking for a book on how the Communists Constitution (Article 124) was the opposite of it's alleged "Freedom of Religion", this is not it.

This book is an interesting read from a communist sympathizer's perspective as it relates to the ambiguous "academic freedom" in a cunning mix to portray former communist members, sympathizers, and leftist professors as victims, and any methods used to uncover communist sympathizers in academia as the dreaded McCarthyism.

It is a book that "does not tolerate laws that cast a pall of orthodoxy over the classroom" unless the orthodoxy is anti-religious and pro-communist leaning. It is about one-sided "Free Expression" that excludes religion and actual history.

Very one sided pro-leftist book.

It will probably be a big seller at Colleges and Universities, so be forewarned.

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