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ERIC Number: EJ1005868
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-6239-6008-7
ISSN: ISSN-1535-0584
"God and Man at Yale" and beyond: The Thoughts of William F. Buckley, Jr. on Higher Education, 1949-1955
Green, James
American Educational History Journal, v39 n1 p201-216 2012
The March 24, 2008, edition of "National Review" (NR) was dedicated to the memory of its founder: William F. Buckley, Jr., who had passed away on February 27, 2008. It included thirty two different memorials about him written by prominent authors, editors, social commentators, fellow journalists, politicians, and historians. Then NR editor-at-large, John O'Sullivan, wrote the lead article, which summarized Buckley's long professional career. In 1955, Buckley founded "National Review," and O'Sullivan cited him as saying that this was his greatest achievement. Just barely over 25 years of age, his fame would be well established by his first book, "God and Man at Yale" (1951), which served as a critique of various liberal biases, as he had known them firsthand as a student, from the teachings of some of the faculty at his alma mater in the late 1940s. Nearly six decades after the publication of "God and Man at Yale," David Horowitz (2010) published "Reforming our Universities: The Campaign for an Academic Bill of Rights." In it, he argues that academia in America has become increasingly liberal and even more radicalized since Buckley's days as a student at Yale University. The purpose of this article is to describe in some detail Buckley's earliest writings from 1949 to 1955, which dealt almost exclusively with his critical views on American higher education and to remember him as one of the first serious challengers to the liberal orthodoxy that conservatives thought had come to dominate our colleges and universities by the late twentieth century.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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