Patriotic Correctness: Academic Freedom and its Enemies

Book Info

  • Length: 280 pages
  • Trim size: 6" x 9"
  • Rights: World

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  • ISBN: 978-1-59451-194-3
  • Publish date: July 2008
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After 9/11, liberal professors and students faced an onslaught of attacks on their patriotism and academic freedom. In a lively narrative this book tells the story of attacks on academic freedom in the past five years. It highlights nationally prominent and lesser known cases, drawing upon media reports, university documents, and reports and studies seldom seen by the public. It shows how conservative attacks on higher education distort the facts in order to pursue an assault on liberal ideas. A wave of Web sites and think-tanks urge students to spy on their professors for any sign of deviation from the new PC: Patriotic Correctness. Free speech on campus is facing its greatest threat in a half century, and Patriotic Correctness: Academic Freedom and Its Enemies documents the danger to rights and looks to solutions for ensuring and promoting the free exchange of ideas requisite in any thriving democracy.

Author Info

John K. Wilson is the author of Patriotic Correctness: Academic Freedom and Its Enemies (Paradigm Publishers 2008); Newt Gingrich: Capitol Crimes and Misdemeanors (Common Courage Press 1996); and The Myth of Political Correctness: The Conservative Attack on Higher Education (Duke University Press 1995), among several other titles. A former student of Barack Obama at the University of Chicago, Wilson is an Illinois native who currently lives in Chicago and has watched Obama rise from state senator to U.S. senator to president of the United States.

Wilson has discussed his work in major media forums including C-SPAN, the O’Reilly Factor, and the Huffington Post. Visit his website and blog at


"Whether you agree or disagree with him, you are likely to enjoy reading John Wilson. His Patriotic Correctness is a crisply written, well argued engagement with many of the cultural conflicts surrounding higher education. Not only does the book take principled stands on current issues; it also anticipates tomorrow's headlines."
-Cary Nelson, coauthor of Academic Keywords: A Devil's Dictionary for Higher Education

“Drawing extensively on traditional media and the Internet, Patriotic Correctnesss should interest both general readers and students of educational policy. Its fast-paced, straightforward style will make it accessible to undergraduates. … likely to provoke spirited discussions among more advanced students, and it will help introduce aspiring teachers to the realities of academic life.”
Teaching History: A Journal of Methods


Introduction: The Rise of Patriotic Correctness

Chapter 1: Academic Freedom in America after 9/11

Chapter 2: Censorship on Campus of Criticism of Israel

Chapter 3: David Horowitz's Crusade for the "Academic Bill of Rights"

Chapter 4: Biased Numbers: Counting Democrats and Republicans on Campus

Chapter 5: Conservative Correctness and Free Speech on Campus

Chapter 6: What Would Jesus Censor?

Chapter 7: Dangerous Words: Freedom of the Press on Campus

Chapter 8: The Wal-Mart University

Conclusion: Fighting for Academic Freedom

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