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Back to College After the War 3

ideals of the nation’s founders never seemed more capable of fulfilment, and of extension to all who had previously been left out. At least, in retrospect, that was how I saw it. I became involved in student government and veterans’ activities on the campus. I attended the Chicago Student Conference in winter 1946, and joined 750 delegates from 351 colleges around the country who voted to form the U.S. National Student Association at the constitutional convention in Madison, Wisconsin, in September 1947 (3) . NSA was the first postwar national U.S. student public policy organization, unaff iliated with sectarian or political movements, attempting to ref lect the idealism of the nation as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. (4) And NSA furnished a venue through which America’s globally conscious student generation of the time could lend its zeal to postwar efforts to secure a permanent peace.

CCNY: A vibrant campus in the city

The City College I returned to in summer 1946 was exuberantly connected to the world around it. It was the pride of the city, with a national reputation for tough academic standards. Its open-air Lewisohn

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