Intellectual Proletarians in the 20th Century

Intellectual Proletarians 1

Tim Foley for The Chronicle Review

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Tim Foley for The Chronicle Review

Academic labor has lost a lot of ground, and fast, in the last few decades. In 1970 roughly three-quarters of professors were on the tenure-track; now only 27 percent are, according to the American Federation of Teachers. Most critics focus on the recent acceleration of this distressing situation, but the precarious position of college teachers was felt as early as the Progressive Era, when the modern American University first took shape. Looking at the difficult conditions of academic labor