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Ira Kipnis

Ira Kipnis taught political science, American history and constitutional law at the University of Chicago. In 1953, he invoked the Fifth Amendment during Senator Joseph McCarthy’s hearings on communist activity rather than testify about the political views of colleagues. He subsequently resigned from the University faculty and entered law school. Kipnis died in 2002.


  • The American Socialist Movement 1897-1912

    “This is the epic story of the struggle to build a mass socialist movement in ragtime America. Kipnis was a brilliant historian, and this is...