Forty-six members of the University's Faculty have signed a statement urging defeat of the Mundt-Nixon anti-Communist Bill, which passed the House of Representatives by a 319 to 58 vote Wednesday. The bill now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to face heavy sledding.
In their statement, the 46 declared: "The Mundt-Nixon Bill appears to be aimed at restricting the activities of Communists. Its vague and loose phraseology, however, indicates that it threatens the expression of liberal and progressive thought. Its enactment would strike a serious blow at our cherished rights of free expression. We deplore this attempt to restrict American freedoms and urge Congress to defeat the Mundt-Nixon Bill."
The signers were: Henry D. Aiken, Gordon W. Allport, Thelma G. Alper, Robert F. Bales, Herschel Baker, Bart J. Bok, C. Crane Brinton, Jerome S. Bruner, John A. Ciardi, Albert S. Coolidge, Frederick B. Deknatel, John P. Elder, Merle Fainsod, Irving G. Fine, Wendell H. Furry, Myron P. Gilmore.
Also William C. Greene, Albert J. Guerard, Mason Hammond, Eugenia Hanfmann, Arthur N. Holcombe, H. Stuart Hughes, Howard Mumford Jones, Charles L. Kuhn, Harry T. Levin, Donald V. McGranahan, Kirtley F. Mather, Francis O. Matthiessen, Arthur T. Merritt, Perry G. E. Miller, and J. Carrell Morris.
Also Kenneth B. Murdock, Benjamin D. Paul, Ralph Barton Porry, Edward M. Purcell, Gaetano Salvemini, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Harlow Shapley, M. Brewster Smith, Pitirim A. Sorokin, O. H. Taylor, Robert Ulich, Karl Vietor, Andrews Wanning, John D. Wild, and Donald C. Williams