"Eleven CCNY Teachers Suspended in College Red Hunt"
This newspaper clipping from the April 23, 1941 edition of PM features eleven City College teachers suspended by the Board of Higher Education following discoveries, by the Rapp-Coudert Committee, of their communist ties. The majority of those listed would ultimately be fired from the college.
PM was a daily New York newspaper printed from 1940 until 1948. Created by Ralph Ingersoll, a managing editor at Time-Life, it was an ad-free, political, liberal publication that continually struggled financially.
The Rapp-Coudert Committee, a New York State initiative, was organized in June 1940 to investigate and identify "subversive activities" and persons in New York's public schools and colleges. The committee's creation was driven largely by rising anti-communist sentiment following the Nazi-Soviet Pact of 1939. State officials sought to rid publicly funded schools of undesired "red" influence. Holding private hearings from September 1940 through December 1941, the group issued subpoenas and interrogated more than 500 faculty, staff, and students in New York City. City College, in particular, became a target of the committee with dozens of faculty and staff called to public hearings after being identified as communists by two friendly witnesses from the college.