Benjamin McArthur is a professor of history at Southern College in Tennessee. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. In 1984 Temple University Press published his book Actors and American Culture, 1880-1920 .
What seemed to be just another tempest in the teapot of academia has escalated into a matter of national values and politics. Who would have believed that the choice of which books Stanford University students must read would create so much tumult? And that the controversy goes back so far?