The Half-Opened Door: Discrimination and Admissions at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, 1900-1970 (Paperback)
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The Half-Opened Door: Discrimination and Admissions at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, 1900-1970 (Paperback)

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By the turn of the twentieth century, academic nativism had taken root in elite American colleges-specifically, Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant hegemony was endangered by new kinds of student, many of them Catholic and Jewish immigrants. The newcomers threatened to displace native-born Americans by raising academic standards and winning a disproportionate share of the scholarships.

The Half-Opened Door analyzes the role of these institutions, casting light on their place in class structure and values in the United States. It details the origins, history, and demise of discriminatory admissions processes and depicts how the entrenched position of the upper class was successfully challenged. The educational, and hence economic, mobility of Catholics and Jews has shown other groups-for example, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Spanish-speaking Americans-not only the difficulties that these earlier aspirants had in overcoming class and ethnic barriers, but the fact that it can be done.

One of the ironies of the history of higher education in the United States is the use of quotas by admissions committees. Restrictive measures were imposed on Jews because they were so successful, whereas benign quotas are currently used to encourage underrepresented minorities to enter colleges and professional schools. The competing claims of both the older and the newer minorities continue to be the subject of controversy, editorial comments, and court cases-and will be for years to come.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9781412813341
Number of pages: 350
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Citing this book Jacques Derrida states: "I remember the indignation with which certain student newspapers at Yale, while I was teaching there, manifested surprise when learning of the antisemitism that had reigned in their university. I do not recall that there was any echo of this in the major press or among the majority of our colleagues." --Critical Inquiry


Citing this book Jacques Derrida states: "I remember the indignation with which certain student newspapers at Yale, while I was teaching there, manifested surprise when learning of the antisemitism that had reigned in their university. I do not recall that there was any echo of this in the major press or among the majority of our colleagues." --Critical Inquiry


"Synnott and Wechsler enable us to put the subject of admissions to higher education into a broader social perspective. . . . Attitudes toward racial exclusion or limitation varied within the inner circles of these institutions even at that time. The presence of a liberal undercurrent of protest is another of Synnott's important findings."

--Laurence Veysey, Reviews in American History

Citing this book Jacques Derrida states: "I remember the indignation with which certain student newspapers at Yale, while I was teaching there, manifested surprise when learning of the antisemitism that had reigned in their university. I do not recall that there was any echo of this in the major press or among the majority of our colleagues."

--Critical Inquiry


"Synnott and Wechsler enable us to put the subject of admissions to higher education into a broader social perspective. . . . Attitudes toward racial exclusion or limitation varied within the inner circles of these institutions even at that time. The presence of a liberal undercurrent of protest is another of Synnott's important findings."

--Laurence Veysey, Reviews in American History

Citing this book Jacques Derrida states: "I remember the indignation with which certain student newspapers at Yale, while I was teaching there, manifested surprise when learning of the antisemitism that had reigned in their university. I do not recall that there was any echo of this in the major press or among the majority of our colleagues."

--Critical Inquiry


-Synnott and Wechsler enable us to put the subject of admissions to higher education into a broader social perspective. . . . Attitudes toward racial exclusion or limitation varied within the inner circles of these institutions even at that time. The presence of a liberal undercurrent of protest is another of Synnott's important findings.-

--Laurence Veysey, Reviews in American History

Citing this book Jacques Derrida states: -I remember the indignation with which certain student newspapers at Yale, while I was teaching there, manifested surprise when learning of the antisemitism that had reigned in their university. I do not recall that there was any echo of this in the major press or among the majority of our colleagues.-

--Critical Inquiry

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