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Priests of Our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge

Blogs, Articles, and Interviews

"Are Teachers Really the Priests of Our Democracy?" - American Constitution Society Book Blog

"Academe's Still Precarious Freedom" - Chronicle of Higher Education

Interview with Marjorie Heins - Academe Blog

Priests of Our Democracy: Legal History Blog

"Is Teaching 'Junk Science' Protected by Academic Freedom?" - Inside Higher Ed

From the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, ABFFE Update, March 1, 2013: ABFFE Pick! Priests of Our Democracy

"In the 1950s, some of the most brilliant, dedicated and popular educators in New York City were persecuted, prosecuted and often fired, because of their purported political beliefs. In Priests of Our Democracy, Marjorie Heins writes of the teachers and professors who resisted the "witch hunt" and those who collaborated. She also tells describes the legal battles leading to the Supreme Court decisions that protect academic freedom today."


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