Reagan, Ronald (1911-2004) to Glenn Dumke
Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04929
Author/Creator: Reagan, Ronald (1911-2004)
Place Written: s.l.
Type: Autograph letter signed
Date: 15 August 1967
Pagination: 1 p. ; 22.9 x 15.3 cm.
Summary of Content: Attacks the liberal mind set on college campuses (possibly with the University of California Berkeley in mind) by criticizing the ”trash” on campuses and condemning ”the excuse of academic freedom & freedom of expression.” He also remarks that he would not permit Le Roi Jones (later named Imamu Amiri Baraka), the black activist and author whose critically acclaimed play ”Dutchman” contained offensive content, to spend time in his home. Explains that the state of California should expect the same behavior from students and faculty as individuals expect from their families. Writes as Governor of California to the Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the California State College system.
Historical Era: 1945 to the Present
Keywords/Subjects: Politics;, Education;, African American History;, Literature and Language Arts;, Children and Family;, Government and Civics;, President;, Vietnam War;
Background: Reagan’s criticisms of UC Berkeley’s student peace activists and professors had been a key component of his gubernatorial platform in the election of 1966. From 1965-1971, Dr. Dumke was at the forefront of the efforts by the CSU opposing student and faculty strikes.
LOC Search Terms: University of California, Berkeley--History--20th century., Radicalism--California--Berkeley--History--20th century., Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--California--Berkeley., Student movements--United States., Berkeley (Calif.)--History.Order Image