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Beyond the Laboratory: Scientists as Political Activists in 1930's America

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Kuznick, P.J. (1987), Beyond the Laboratory: Scientists as Political Activists in 1930's America, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Illinois.
The debate over scientists' social responsibility is a topic of great controversy today. Peter J. Kuznick here traces the origin of that debate to the 1930s and places it in a context that forces a revaluation of the relationship between science and politics in twentieth-century America. Kuznick reveals how an influential segment of the American scientific community during the Depression era underwent a profound transformation in its social values and political beliefs, replacing a once-pervasive conservatism and antipathy to political involvement with a new ethic of social reform.
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