rapp-coudert & ccny

The main focus of the Rapp-Coudert Committee becomes City College, the largest and most famous of the city’s public colleges.

harrygottlieb William Canning, an instructor in the history department appears before the committee and names over fifty staff and faculty at CCNY as CP members. CCNY has at least three informers, including Oscar Zeichner, a history instructor and Annettte Sherman Gottsegen, a clerk. In this illustration, William Canning is depicted as a puppet being manipulated by an evil giant, and is encouraged from the sidelines by the Ku Klux Klan, bankers, and a college administrator.

friendlywitness Annette Sherman Gottsegen testifies against John Kenneth Ackley, the CCNY registrar.

harrynoblewright Acting City College President Harry Noble Wright assists the Rapp-Coudert Committee in its investigation of City College faculty and staff by submitting a list of potential CCNY informers.

headline President Wright suspends eleven CCNY professors and staff members for allegedly giving false testimony to the Rapp-Coudert Committee when they deny Communist Party membership during hearings.

rcccnyfaculty Suspended CCNY professors attend a peace strike in Lewisohn Stadium on April 23, 1941, one day after their suspensions. Seated left to right are David Cohen, librarian; Samuel Margolies, librarian; Walter Neff, psychology; Saul Bernstein, biology; John Kenneth Ackley, registrar; and Morris Cohen, chemistry instructor. Standing, left to right are Louis Balamuth, physics ; Jesse Mintus, registrar’s office; and Sidney Eisenberger, chemistry.

trialbhe John Kenneth Ackley, CCNY Registrar, is first to be formally tried by the NYC Board of Higher Education’s trial committee. Individuals named by two witnesses before Rapp-Coudlert as CP members are either terminated by Acting President Wright, resign under pressure, or are dismissed after trials.

louislozowick “Wright is Wrong”