October 13, 2009

Seeger Performance Controversy Back In The Day

According to this tidbit in a Vassar history chronology, a Pete Seeger concert at Vassar caused quite a stir almost fifty years ago.

1962, Feb. 10

Pete Seeger performed at Vassar College for Freshman week despite many local protests from the American Legion and other organizations. The college responded to the controversy by explaining that it was the freshman class, not the college, that was sponsoring Seeger's appearance.

We did some research and found that this performance came only a year after Seeger was convicted of contempt of court during the McCarthy hearings. Three months after the this performance, an appeals court overturned the conviction.

10.13.09 8:21pm

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