Laurence Smith



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Sally McCracken arrived at Eastern Michigan University in 1968 as a professor in the Communication and Theater Arts Department. McCracken has negotiated many contracts on behalf of the American Association of University Professors Union, and has won several teaching awards during her service at EMU. In this interview, McCracken details the role of the AAUP in faculty decisions and strikes. She gives recollections of several prominent faculty and administrators, as well as explains the reasons why she came to love EMU. This interview was conducted for the purpose of gathering primary research for Laurence Smith’s book, Eastern Michigan University: A Sesquicentennial Portrait (1999).

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Communication and Theater Arts Department, AAUP, AFT, college faculty strike, James Brickley, PATCO, faculty senate, Harold Sponberg, John Norman Collins, Vietnam War, John Porter, William Shelton

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Sally McCracken Oral History Interview, 1998 April 30