Education: Michigan Remembered

The 150 students crowded about the Ann Arbor dormitory that winter night in 1947 were in a boisterous mood. They had cut off the dormitory's electricity were shouting up at a second-story window and bombarding it with snowballs. Their target: Communist Gerhart Eisler, guest of Michigan Youth for Democratic Action.

Inside, Communist Eisler turned to the group of "progressives" and student reporters about him. "This is just like Germany under Hitler," he said, shaking his head piously. "I fought for freedom in Europe and will fight for it wherever I am. All I want here is what is every man's right—a chance...

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