Education: Limits of Academic Freedom

With increasing zealotry, English Professor H. Bruce Franklin, 37, has sought to shatter the uneasy campus calm at Stanford University. In the process he appears to have reached the blurry outer limits of U.S. academic freedom and is in real danger of becoming the first tenured professor ever to be fired by a major American university for political actions that led to violence.

Once a quiet, respected expert on Melville and Hawthorne, Franklin has in recent years parlayed a long-bubbling political concern into a full-blown Communist analysis of literature as well as everything else. As a Maoist with newly developed Mau Mau...

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