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'A Various Course and a Wide Meaning': Academic Freedom and the Carolina Political Union, 1936-1941


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A look at The Carolina Political Union (CPU), a political study group founded by students at the University of North Carolina in 1936 to sponsor appearances on campus by political speakers. The university supported CPU, even when speakers chosen were controversial or too liberal - or sometimes even too conservative - unimpeded by the university's progressive and liberal tradition. Within its first five years, the group hosted nearly fifty speakers representing a wide range of the political spectrum, from the head of the Ku Klux Klan to President Franklin D. Roosevelt to labor leaders. The group declined with the onset of WWII, although it did continue to sponsor speakers.
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