American Notes: Society and Self

Speaking at the inauguration of Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., Poet Archibald MacLeish, 78, offered some thoughts aimed equally at the rebellious young and the apprehensive Silent Majority. Conflicts at the nation's universities, he said, "are not disciplinary troubles, whatever the generation now in middle age may say about them. They are not, as the more romantic of the young believe, 'revolutionary,' meaning political, troubles. They are troubles at the heart of human life, troubles in the culture itself, in the civilization, troubles that cannot be cured by ranting at the Government, however misguided or misdirected, or by sending...

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