A Little Rebellion Is a Good Thing: Troubles at Traymore College by Duncan L. Clarke

BLURB

When David Pritchard is hired to teach political science at a remote women’s college in 1969, he anticipates a quiet year before moving on to bigger things. However, it soon becomes apparent that all is not well at Traymore College. President Barton and his administration curtail basic academic freedoms, harass tenured professors, and impose tight constraints on students’ personal lives. Appalled, David engages in intimate alliances with sympathetic faculty and several members of student leadership to stand up to the school’s administration. Together, they aim to ignite the press and spark far-reaching legal action. But Barton will not go down without a fight.

EARLY PRAISE

“Tremendous. The book is a hoot!”
Edward D. Jervey, Professor Emeritus of History, Radford University
[While Ed — who is 90 years old —  didn’t know it until well after the book was written, “his” character is a significant actor in the story]
“Dr. Clarke has rendered an accurate description of relationship dynamics at play in an anachronistic institution trying to futilely isolate itself from turbulent forces of 1960s America. The smooth flowing prose makes this book a pleasure to read while gaining historical perspective on changes unleashed then that are still affecting America today.”
Dr. William Rosolowsky, DVM
[Dr. Rosolowsky is a veterinarian. Xena, a German shepherd, is a major character is the story]

 

About Duncan L. Clarke

Duncan L. Clarke is Professor Emeritus of International Relations and former Director of the United States Foreign Policy Field at American University’s School of International Service, Washington, D.C. He was Visiting Professor of Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Professor of National Security at the National War College. He served in the intelligence community and authored numerous articles and five books on U.S. defense and foreign policy. Clarke lived and taught in Washington, D.C., for many years before moving to the Central Coast of California. He earned his BA at Clark University, JD at Cornell University, and PhD at the University of Virginia. A Little Rebellion Is a Good Thing was inspired by his experience as a faculty member in 1969-1970 at Radford College, which was then a public women’s college in Southwest Virginia. Clarke is writing a second novel titled, Murder on the Appalachian Trail: A Love Story. He has twice hiked the entire Appalachian Trail. 
To learn more about the book visit https://dlclarke.com/

Why Write A Little Rebellion Is a Good Thing?

For fifty-years I’ve considered writing a novel about my experience as a young professor at what was then Radford College in Radford, Virginia. Like others of my age, I’ve lost many who were dear to me, but no time was more traumatic than Academic Year 1969-1970 when I found myself at this rural public women’s college.

The civil liberties of students and faculty were systematically and cruelly violated by the longest serving college president in the state, something I learned only after arriving on campus.

I had just passed my PhD orals at the University of Virginia and, in 1966, I’d received my law degree for Cornell University. Because of my involvement in law suits against the college, demonstrations, public speeches, etc., I was at the center of a “rebellion” against an authoritarian administration. The personal costs were great: the experience almost ended my academic career, and my life was threatened. But the president left office, academic and personal freedoms were implemented, and the college evolved into the coeducational Radford University which today has 11,000 students.

One of several reasons the book had to be presented as fiction is that I was a twenty-seven-year old unmarried male in a sea of 4,000 single women. I allied closely, sometimes very closely, with key student leaders to effectuate change.

Why write this book? Because it’s a damn good story, and sometimes fiction is truth. Few others are better positioned to tell the story. Moreover, it is always appropriate to remind ourselves that our freedoms are secure only when women and men are prepared to fight for them.

Product details

  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Belle Isle Books (August 5, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1951565878
  • ISBN-13: 978-1951565879

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