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Additional Resources: Documents

Assembly Concurrent Resolution, Number 11, March 11, 1947 PDF version (0.5MB)

Please read the following document and answer the three questions following the reading.

  1. What is the meaning of the resolution?
  2. What are the goals and objectives of the committee?
  3. How does it set the precedent for the Heimlich/Finley Case?


Statement of Loyalty, April 7, 1947 PDF version (1.4MB)

Please read the following document and answer the five questions following the reading.

  1. What is the purpose of the first two pages of this document?
  2. If you were a teacher in 1947, would you have signed this loyalty oath? Why or why not?
  3. According to the Superintendent's Conference with Principals, what are the aims of education?
  4. When students learn of the Constitution of America, how must Newark public school teachers handle the subject of communism?
  5. According to the plan suggested in this document, would you as a teacher be able to discuss positive attributes of forms of government other than a democracy? Explain.


Academic Freedom and Civic Responsibility: A Statement to the University and to the Public on the Heimlich-Finley Cases on January 24, 1953. PDF version (0.4MB)

Please read the following document and answer the six questions following the reading.

  1. According to this document what were NOT the primary issues of the case?
  2. What was the key issue?
  3. How does President Jones describe communism and its dangers?
  4. How does President Jones explain the legal rights of Professors Heimlich and Finley?
  5. Do you think that President Jones' decision is opposite of the proclamation he made during his inauguration speech on May 8, 1952?
  6. Do you feel that President Jones might have handled this situation differently if he had been in position longer than 6 months? Explain.


Calling All Engle-Reds, November 14, 1952.(Segment: It can happen here) PDF version (0.7MB)

Please read the following document and answer the five questions following the reading.

  1. How is communism depicted in the public education system by this newspaper?
  2. Identify and list controversial or emotional language that may solicit an anger or fear towards communism in the public education system.
  3. Which groups and organizations are listed as allowing communist members?
  4. Is this document worthy of academic consideration? Why or why not?
  5. Can it be related to the Heimlich/Finley case?