MANNERS & MORALS: A Question of Honor


In any year (and especially in 1951), the U.S. press, U.S. officialdom and the U.S. people are used to scandals in which somebody steals something, takes a big bribe, or runs off with another man's wife. But they were taken aback by the trouble at West Point—which raised more delicate and difficult moral questions than the customary hearty fare. After the first shock, the nation plunged into debate.

In the face of obvious public sympathy for the 90 erring cadets, and an uneasy feeling that the Army shared the blame, the Academy announced that almost all of the 90 accused...

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