Academic Freedom. A World War. A University of the First Class.

On November 1, 1944, the Regents of the University of Texas fired UT president, Homer Price Rainey.  Why he was fired – and what happened next –  depends on which side is telling it. Was Rainey an incompetent administrator responsible for a University full of communists, pornographic English assignments, and homosexuals? Was the Board full of corrupt businessmen appointed to destroy tenure in the University?

Explore the Rainey Controversy.



Exhibit Sections

1. “The Charges”

2. “The Men Who Fired Rainey”

3. “A Coffin Labeled Academic Freedom”

4. “Letters to the Regents”

5. “A Vote for Rainey”