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On Contact: A New McCarthyism with Ellen Schrecker
On Contact: A New McCarthyism with Ellen Schrecker
Published: 2016/12/24
Channel: RT America
What is McCarthyism? And how did it happen? - Ellen Schrecker
What is McCarthyism? And how did it happen? - Ellen Schrecker
Published: 2017/03/14
Channel: TED-Ed
Nostalgia Trap - Episode 63: Ellen Schrecker
Nostalgia Trap - Episode 63: Ellen Schrecker
Published: 2017/04/26
Channel: David Parsons
2011 Academic Freedom Lecture - Ellen W. Schrecker - 10/13/11
2011 Academic Freedom Lecture - Ellen W. Schrecker - 10/13/11
Published: 2013/06/27
Channel: Michigan Channel
OAH 2007:  Ellen Schrecker on Political Repression
OAH 2007: Ellen Schrecker on Political Repression
Published: 2007/03/31
Channel: hnneditor
OAH 2007:  Ellen Schrecker on Political Repression Part 2
OAH 2007: Ellen Schrecker on Political Repression Part 2
Published: 2007/03/31
Channel: hnneditor
Voices of the AAUP: Ellen Schrecker on the importance of the AAUP
Voices of the AAUP: Ellen Schrecker on the importance of the AAUP
Published: 2009/09/23
Channel: TheAAUP
Blacklisted! The McCarthy Era
Blacklisted! The McCarthy Era
Published: 2016/06/12
Channel: DeeDee Halleck
Democrats regroup; Name Bernie Sanders to leadership role
Democrats regroup; Name Bernie Sanders to leadership role
Published: 2016/11/18
Channel: RT America
Regina Schrecker  05 05 2009 parte 1
Regina Schrecker 05 05 2009 parte 1
Published: 2009/05/09
Channel: ippocrateoggi
Ellen Dingizian || #PurposeTourChildrenCopenhagen
Ellen Dingizian || #PurposeTourChildrenCopenhagen
Published: 2016/09/27
Channel: Ellen Dingizian
Taking off from Hopkinsville
Taking off from Hopkinsville
Published: 2011/10/11
Channel: Mateus Garrute do Carmo
Cooking Book Review: Mrs. Chiang
Cooking Book Review: Mrs. Chiang's Szechwan Cookbook by Ellen Schrecker, Chiang Jung-feng, John S...
Published: 2012/10/17
Channel: CookingBookReviews
Hired Education: Capitalism and the Academic Community
Hired Education: Capitalism and the Academic Community
Published: 2013/12/18
Channel: case
How did Hitler rise to power? - Alex Gendler and Anthony Hazard
How did Hitler rise to power? - Alex Gendler and Anthony Hazard
Published: 2016/07/18
Channel: TED-Ed
The Early Cold War: Alger Hiss, the Rosenbergs, Smith Act Trials
The Early Cold War: Alger Hiss, the Rosenbergs, Smith Act Trials
Published: 2017/09/17
Channel: Joe Friendly
On Contact: Casino Capitalism with Natasha Dow Schüll
On Contact: Casino Capitalism with Natasha Dow Schüll
Published: 2017/03/25
Channel: RT America
Regina Schrecker 05 05 2009 2 parte
Regina Schrecker 05 05 2009 2 parte
Published: 2009/05/08
Channel: ippocrateoggi
The Bush-Cheney Administration
The Bush-Cheney Administration
Published: 2009/01/06
Channel: Joe Friendly
Chris Hedges Exposes The LIE That Is The Liberal Politician!
Chris Hedges Exposes The LIE That Is The Liberal Politician!
Published: 2017/01/12
Channel: wwwMOXNEWScom
Many Are The Crimes
Many Are The Crimes
Published: 2013/12/10
Channel: Johan Lidrag Hagen
Civil Liberties, Academic Freedom and Consolidating Corporate Power
Civil Liberties, Academic Freedom and Consolidating Corporate Power
Published: 2013/04/03
Channel: John Jay College (CUNY)
On Contact: The Fatal Addiction
On Contact: The Fatal Addiction
Published: 2017/06/13
Channel: RT America
CRS Presents: Michael Buchanan
CRS Presents: Michael Buchanan
Published: 2016/12/01
Channel: Michael Buchanan
On Contact: Israel’s Secret Weapons with Rania Khalek
On Contact: Israel’s Secret Weapons with Rania Khalek
Published: 2016/12/17
Channel: RT America
On Contact: Real purpose of intel report on Russian hacking with Abby Martin & Ben Norton
On Contact: Real purpose of intel report on Russian hacking with Abby Martin & Ben Norton
Published: 2017/01/15
Channel: RT America
Venona: A Real-Life Spy Thriller - Decoding Soviet Espionage in America (1999)
Venona: A Real-Life Spy Thriller - Decoding Soviet Espionage in America (1999)
Published: 2016/05/07
Channel: Remember This
On Contact: A Special Relationship: U.S.-Saudi Alliance with Medea Benjamin
On Contact: A Special Relationship: U.S.-Saudi Alliance with Medea Benjamin
Published: 2016/10/29
Channel: RT America
half of my presentation at: Academic Freedom in the Managed University
half of my presentation at: Academic Freedom in the Managed University
Published: 2016/03/01
Channel: Marc Spooner
On Contact: The Fragility of Empire with Wallace Shawn
On Contact: The Fragility of Empire with Wallace Shawn
Published: 2017/05/28
Channel: RT America
Der Schrecker
Der Schrecker
Published: 2007/01/10
Channel: bendachic
Why do people join cults? - Janja Lalich
Why do people join cults? - Janja Lalich
Published: 2017/06/12
Channel: TED-Ed
‘I would rather know my govt is doing something illegal than not know’ – McAfee
‘I would rather know my govt is doing something illegal than not know’ – McAfee
Published: 2016/12/30
Channel: RT America
Chris Hedges & Daily Show Writer J.R. Harlan [44]
Chris Hedges & Daily Show Writer J.R. Harlan [44]
Published: 2017/01/13
Channel: Redacted Tonight
Confronting the Signs of a Society in Decline—Chris Hedges in Conversation with Bonnie Bright, Ph.D.
Confronting the Signs of a Society in Decline—Chris Hedges in Conversation with Bonnie Bright, Ph.D.
Published: 2016/09/14
Channel: Depth Psychology Alliance
Tariq Ali: Global revolt against corporate capitalism & inequality -
Tariq Ali: Global revolt against corporate capitalism & inequality - 'On Contact' with Chris Hedges
Published: 2016/06/12
Channel: RT
Chris Hedges: Saudi Wahhabism a Tool of U.S. Foreign Policy
Chris Hedges: Saudi Wahhabism a Tool of U.S. Foreign Policy
Published: 2016/07/06
Channel: TheRealNews
Chris Hedges: The Surrender of the Liberal Left to Neoliberalism Gave Us Proto-fascism
Chris Hedges: The Surrender of the Liberal Left to Neoliberalism Gave Us Proto-fascism
Published: 2016/11/10
Channel: TheRealNews
Chris Hedges: Trump Will Crush Dissent With Even Greater Violence and Savagery
Chris Hedges: Trump Will Crush Dissent With Even Greater Violence and Savagery
Published: 2016/11/10
Channel: TheRealNews
The history of the Cuban Missile Crisis - Matthew A. Jordan
The history of the Cuban Missile Crisis - Matthew A. Jordan
Published: 2016/09/26
Channel: TED-Ed
On Contact: The Birth of American Empire with Stephen Kinzer
On Contact: The Birth of American Empire with Stephen Kinzer
Published: 2017/03/18
Channel: RT America
On Contact: The American Empire with Allan Nairn
On Contact: The American Empire with Allan Nairn
Published: 2017/01/28
Channel: RT America
Are You Afraid of Americans? Rep. Peter King
Are You Afraid of Americans? Rep. Peter King's Muslim Hearings - BTR Pulse [Ep20]
Published: 2011/04/06
Channel: BreakThruRadioTV
On Contact: Assault on the Arts
On Contact: Assault on the Arts
Published: 2017/02/25
Channel: RT America
Sound Smart: The Red Scare | History
Sound Smart: The Red Scare | History
Published: 2017/02/16
Channel: HISTORY
McCarthyism in a nutshell
McCarthyism in a nutshell
Published: 2017/05/23
Channel: Emma Jimison
Sound Smart: Joseph McCarthy | History
Sound Smart: Joseph McCarthy | History
Published: 2017/02/17
Channel: HISTORY
Where do superstitions come from? - Stuart Vyse
Where do superstitions come from? - Stuart Vyse
Published: 2017/03/09
Channel: TED-Ed
Why should you read Tolstoy
Why should you read Tolstoy's "War and Peace"? - Brendan Pelsue
Published: 2017/04/27
Channel: TED-Ed
The myth of Icarus and Daedalus - Amy Adkins
The myth of Icarus and Daedalus - Amy Adkins
Published: 2017/03/13
Channel: TED-Ed
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Ellen Wolf Schrecker
Born (1938-08-04) August 4, 1938 (age 79)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Employer Stern College for Women
Title Professor
Spouse(s) John E. Schrecker, Feb. 18, 1962 (div. Mar. 1979)
Marvin E. Gettleman, Aug. 28, 1981
Children Michael Franz
Daniel Edwin
Parent(s) Edwin II and Margaret Dannenbaum Wolf
Awards Bunting Inst Fel, 77-78; Res Fel, Harry S. Truman Libr, 87; Outstanding Book Awd, Hist of Educ Soc, 87; Fel Nat Humanities Center, 94-95; Outstanding Acad Book "Choice", 98.
Website Yeshiva University: Faculty web page
Notes

Ellen Wolf Schrecker (born August 4, 1938) is an American professor emerita of American history at Yeshiva University. She has received the Frederick Ewen Academic Freedom Fellowship at the Tamiment Library at NYU.

She is known primarily for her work in the history of McCarthyism. Historian Ronald Radosh has described her as "the dean of the anti-anti-Communist historians."[3]

Biography[edit]

She graduated magna cum laude from Radcliffe College in 1960 and earned her M.A. in 1962 and her doctorate in 1974, both from Harvard University. She has taught at Harvard, Princeton, New York University, the New School for Social Research, and Columbia. From 1998 to 2002, Schrecker was the editor of Academe, the journal of the American Association of University Professors.[2]

Schrecker's best known book is Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America, published in 1998. Kirkus Reviews wrote of this book, "It is no easy task bringing new life to an era already as dissected as the McCarthy era, yet this is what Schrecker accomplishes in a magnificent study of how and why McCarthyism happened and how its shadow still darkens our lives." In addition to McCarthyism, Schrecker has written on related topics such as political repression, academic freedom and Soviet espionage during the Cold War, as well as on Franco-American relations in the 1920s—the subject of her Ph.D. dissertation—and coauthoring a Chinese cookbook.

Political views[edit]

Schrecker has said that she is "a card-carrying member of the American Civil Liberties Union who undertook the study of McCarthyism precisely because of my opposition to its depredations against freedom of speech," and that "in this country[,] McCarthyism did more damage to the constitution than the American Communist party ever did."[4] Critics have argued that, in making her case, Schrecker has underplayed the undemocratic nature of the Communist Party USA. In a reply to an essay that Schrecker and Maurice Isserman wrote in The Nation in 2000, John Earl Haynes quoted the leader of the UDA, the predecessor of the politically progressive ADA, who stated that "an alliance between liberals and Communists [would] betray liberalism's bedrock democratic values." Characterizing himself as neither "left" nor "right" but anti-"tyranny", Haynes cited as evidence of Schrecker's illiberalism her statement that "cold war liberalism did not, in fact, 'get it right.'"[5] Schrecker has been criticized by Trotskyites for being excessively concerned for the reputations of persons connected with the Stalin-supporting Communist Party USA, noting that the CPUSA supported the US government's prosecution of Trotskyites under the Smith Act and, in general, persecuted socialists who did not support Stalin's regime.[6]

Schrecker has written critically of David Horowitz's "academic bill of rights" manifesto against what he considers a predominant liberal bias in American higher education. She concurred with the ACLU and Amnesty International, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and the American Association of University Professors in condemning the University of South Florida's 2003 dismissal of a tenured faculty member: the Palestinian-born, professor of computer engineering Sami Al-Arian, following his federal indictment during the Bush presidency on charges of raising money for terrorism through his support for Palestinian causes. Schrecker wrote:

Just as charges of communist sympathies in the 1950s destroyed the careers of people who studied China, so today the Arab-Israeli conflict plagues scholars who come from or study the Middle East. Predictably, the first major academic-freedom case to arise after September 11 involved a Palestinian nationalist, the already-controversial University of South Florida professor of computer engineering Sami Al-Arian, suspended and then fired after the federal government charged him with supporting terrorism. His summary dismissal, even if the university were to revisit it in light of his recent acquittal, is a classic violation of academic freedom: It involved his off-campus political activities.[7][8]

Bibliography[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Ellen Schrecker", Directory of American Scholars (Fee, via Fairfax County Public Library), Gale, 2002, Gale Document Number: GALE|K1612544233, retrieved 4 Sep 2011  Gale Biography In Context.
  2. ^ a b "Ellen Wolf Schrecker", The Complete Marquis Who's Who (Fee, via Fairfax County Public Library), Marquis Who's Who, 2010, Gale Document Number: GALE|K2014955213, retrieved 4 Sep 2011  Gale Biography In Context.
  3. ^ Radosh, Ronald (February 24, 2003). "The Truth-Spiller: Red Spy Queen: A Biography of Elizabeth Bentley (Book Review)". National Review. 
  4. ^ Schrecker, Ellen (Winter 2000). "Comments on John Earl Haynes' The Cold War Debate Continues". Journal of Cold War Studies. Retrieved 2009-02-27.  Emphasis in original.
  5. ^ Haynes, John Earl. "Reflections on Ellen Schrecker and Maurice Isserman's essay, "The Right's Cold War Revision"". 
  6. ^ Jones, Shannon (24 March 1999). "Account of McCarthy period slanders socialist opponents of Stalinism". World Socialist Web Site. International Committee of the Fourth International. Retrieved 2011-09-04. 
    ...her pro-Stalinist outlook and the school of anticommunism share a common premise - the claim that the Soviet regime as it developed under Stalin was the embodiment of Marxist principles.
  7. ^ Schrecker, Ellen (February 10, 2007). "Worse Than McCarthy". The Chronicle of Higher Education. 
  8. ^ On March 2, 2006, Al-Arian, who had been kept in solitary confinement for three years while awaiting trial, accepted a plea agreement with prosecutors. He agreed to plead guilty to one count (that of misleading a reporter by shielding some of his acquaintances) out 53 counts of conspiring to help the Palestinian Islamic Jihad association, a charity founded by a former colleague of his, which in 1995 had been declared (in an executive order by President Clinton), a "specially designated terrorist" organization. Al-Arian was sentenced to 57 months in prison and ordered deported following his prison term. See Laughlin, "In His Plea Deal, What Did Sami Al-Arian Admit to?", Tampa Bay Times, April 4, 2006.

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