Upending the Ivory Tower
Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Ivy League
"Upending the Ivory Tower is an engaging, revealing, fluid read. It takes its place alongside some of the finest recent scholarship on the Black Power and civil rights movements, including Kendi’s The Black Campus Movement, Martha Biondi’s The Black Revolution on Campus, Peniel Joseph’s Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America, and Jeanne Theoharis’ boldly revisionist A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History."
— New York Journal of Books
"Upending the Ivory Tower is a definitive account of the experiences of black students at the Ivy League universities from 1945 to 1975. It is a brilliant book, complete with stunning photographs...essential reading"
"Stefan Bradley is one of the foremost scholars of the black student movement. In Upending the Ivory Tower , he as turned his attention black student activism in the Ivy League. This is a brilliant book about how the Black Power Movement reached the elites halls of higher education. In a moment when 21st century black student activists in the Ivy League and across the country are demanding more faculty of color, wanting more accountability for anti-black pedagogy and policy, and declaring that black lives matter, Upending the Ivory Tower is an important and necessary history of black student activism in higher education."
—Derrick W. White, Dartmouth College
"Fascinating and ambitious, Upending the Ivory Tower breathes of meticulous research and analysis from beginning to end. With this definitive chronicling of black students organizing, demanding, and sometimes protesting to blacken the exclusively white Ivy League, Stefan Bradley shows us once again why he is the historian of the Ivy black activist. There may be nothing more powerful than the student activist, and Upending the Ivory Tower again shows us why."
—Ibram X. Kendi, award-winning author of The Black Campus Movement and Stamped from the Beginning
"Upending the Ivory Tower is a critical but scrupulous exposition of some of the major changes that overtook the American academy—and American culture in general—toward the end of the storied 1960s. Although Stefan Bradley views these changes mainly through the lens of the privileged Ivy League, he never loses sight of either the steep price of such historic privilege or the more democratic and equally dynamic mainstream of American university life. His book is an invaluable record of institutional change in a few schools that manages nevertheless to capture the spirit of a transformational moment when some of our most venerable ideas about education, race, and power changed forever."
—Arnold Rampersad, Sara Hart Kimball Professor Emeritus in the Humanities, Stanford
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