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Last month Mr. McPherson described how a group of black Chicago street gangs evolved into the controversial "Ranger Nation," funded by the Poverty Program, investigated by the Senate, and hunted by the police. Here he completes his report and explains why—as a onetime Chicago policeman puts it—the Rangers "started as kids, but with all the pressures, they don't even know themselves now."
The universities owe to black America what they owe to white America: an atmosphere of freedom and dissent for the pursuit of higher learning. So says a thoughtful historian, who warns that the legitimate and constructive tasks of black studies programs can be subverted by indifference to principle or political cynicism.
How sophisticated was America’s diplomatic handling of the Pueblo crisis? What were the strategic options, and how do they relate to the downing of a U.S. reconnaissance plane in early April?
In a loving look backward, the Harvard economics professor and author of The Affluent Society and The New Industrial State recollects college days of a benignity long gone. The essay was written for a book being edited by Irving Stone and to he published by Doubleday later this year to mark the centennial of the University of California at Berkeley.