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Ellen Schrecker on Trump, McCarthyism and the University
In a recent interview on the Professor "Watchlist", historian Ellen Schrecker said she wasn't sure whether people would lose their jobs; and then added, "One just hopes that the academic community doesn't fold. It did fold in the 1950s." After describing the treatment of three university professors who were targeted by McCarthy, then fired from the university, with one being sent to prison, Schrecker said: "What made the Red Scare's effect insidious was that it produced not resistance, but silence."
Professor emerita of American history at Yeshiva University, Ellen Schrecker is a leading authority on McCarthyism whose many books include Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America and No Ivory Tower: McCarthyism in the Universities. Schrecker is the former editor of the American Association of University Professors' magazine, Academe. She has been called "the dean of the anti-anti-Communist historians."