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4 Eugene G. Schwartz

Stadium was host to packed audiences for the prewar twenty-five-cent-admission New York Philharmonic summer concerts. The nationally renowned CCNY basketball team filled Madison Square Garden and had not yet fallen from grace in the 1950 point-spread scandal.

The college was also a center of political ferment. Its cluster of stately Gothic structures was located on Manhattan’s St. Nicholas Heights, next to Harlem, which had erupted into angry street riots in 1943. On campus, Italian-Americans debated Italy’s postwar future and its powerful Communist Party, Irish-Americans debated Northern Ireland’s separation from the Irish Republic, Eastern European Jewish-Americans argued about support for Zionism in Israel, and everyone joined the rising tide of protest against the legal support of discrimination and segregation in the U.S. through the “separate but equal” doctrine and the enforcement of restrictive housing covenants. New York State was dismantling its one-year residency requirement for welfare, and the great migration of Puerto Ricans looking for new opportunities was just beginning to fill Manhattan’s East Harlem. Their increasing

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