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William Canning during his Testimony

This photograph shows William Canning, an instructor in the City College history department, appearing before the Rapp-Coudert Committee. During his testimony, Canning, an ex-member of the Communist Party, disclosed the names of over fifty fellow faculty and staff at CCNY belonging to the party.

The Rapp-Coudert Committee subpoenaed and interrogated more than 500 faculty, staff, and students from New York's public schools and colleges between 1940 and 1942 in their quest to identify subversive influences on campuses. Particularly interested in those with Communist ties, City College became a special target of the committee with dozens of its faculty and staff called to private and public hearings.
Source | CCNY Archives & Special Collections
Creator | Unknown
Date Created | March 1941
Rights | Obtain From CCNY Archives & Special Collections
Item Type | Still Image (Photograph)
Cite This document | Unknown, “William Canning during his Testimony,” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed December 9, 2019,

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