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1973: Early Efforts to Diversify Faculties Prompt Resentment

January 24, 2016

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In November 2016, The Chronicle of Higher Education will mark its 50th anniversary. To lead up to the occasion, we’ve chosen front pages featuring some of our reporting on key events in higher education and capturing the zeitgeist of the nation’s colleges and universities over the years.

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Even in diversity's nascency, efforts by colleges to widen faculty hiring were accompanied by conflict. "Some resentment is already evident among black persons over the relatively rapid progress being made by women on the campuses," The Chronicle reported. A black professor of higher education at Harvard put it bluntly: "Minority groups, particularly blacks, deserve better than hostility or aggressive competition from other segments of society—especially indefatigably persistent and outraged middle-class white women."