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Communist Party Unit of City College; Young Communist League of City College

[Four items from CCNY]

Communist Party Unit of City College, New York. 1930s, Three handbills and a three-page mimeographed statement, all with faint fold creases, otherwise very good. The longer statement, "History department dismissals," is addressed to the members of the instructional staff association, protesting the dismissal of educators to save money at a time when administrators saw pay increases; the handbills (all printed with dense text) include: "The members of the Communist Party and Young Communist League at the City College wish to present a suggested presidential address for the ceremonies on the occasion of American Education Week" (citing examples of economic rather than educational considerations in the operation of the campus), "Graduates! Parents! Friends!" (handed out at graduation, encouraging students graduating during the Depression to join unions and fight for social justice), and "Robinson must go!" (targeting the "reactionary" head of the college). Robert Cohen, in “When the Old Left was Young,” writes that “No college tried harder than the City College of New York to suppress student protest... From 1931 to 1934 Robinson’s anti-radical campaign resulted in the expulsion of 43 CCNY students, the suspension of 38, and the hauling of hundreds of undergraduates before campus disciplinary boards, inquiring into their political associations, beliefs, and protest activities. In this same period, every student radical organization and publication was at one point or another banned from the CCNY campus.”

Cat.No: 181738

Price: $95.00

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