Charles Beard, “A Statement”

Category : Founding, History

It has been insinuated by certain authorities of Columbia University that I resigned in a fit of unjustified petulance, and I, theretofore, beg to submit the following statement:
1. My first real experience with the inner administration of the university came with the retirement of Professor john W. Burgess. For some time before his withdrawal, his work in American constitutional law had been carried by Professor X and it was the desire of the members of the faculty that the latter should be appointed Ruggles Professor to succeed Mr. Burgess. But Mr. X had published a book in which he justified criticism of the Supreme Court as a means of bringing our constitutional law into harmony with our changing social and economic life.

Source: The New Republic (29 December 1917): 249-51

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