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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

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.

People: Reagan, Ronald.
Dumke, Glenn S.
Baraka, Imamu Amiri, 1934-.

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

Sub Era: The Sixties The Civil Rights Movement