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"Our Position"

This flier promotes a student rally in support of suspended City College history instructor Jack Foner. Foner, a CCNY graduate of 1932, was just one victim of the Rapp-Coudert hearings which lasted from 1940 to 1941. The hearings, organized by New York State, were a concerted effort to rid the state's public schools of "subversive" and undesired influences on campuses. While Foner was alleged to have belonged to the Communist Party, no evidence was ever presented in support of the claim. Refusing to testify before the Rapp-Coudert Committee, however, Foner was shortly thereafter suspended from his position and later fired.

Foner was an ardent anti-fascist and champion for civil rights as well as trade unions. He taught at CCNY along with his twin brother, Philip, who was also fired as a result of the Rapp-Coudert hearings.

Source | CCNY Archives & Special Collections
Creator | Committee of Dr. Foner's Eight Classes
Date Created | 1941
Rights | Obtain From CCNY Archives & Special Collections
Item Type | Text (Flier / Leaflet (1 or 2 page handout))
Cite This document | Committee of Dr. Foner's Eight Classes, “"Our Position",” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed October 4, 2023,

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