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Bacon, Mary Montle

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Bacchetti, Ray
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Mary Montle Bacon was a graduate student in the late 1960s and early 1970s and had already worked as a teacher in New York City and as a labor activist. She saw her time at Stanford, then, more from the perspective of a worldly adult than as a fresh-out-of-high-school undergraduate. This interview, therefore, has a certain distance to it--she was active on campus and was also interpreting events for a five-thousand-foot perspective. This makes her recollections especially worthwhile because she could empathize with various actors. As a graduate student, she was also interested in getting her work done so she could get back into the world. Aware both of how clueless Stanford was about the worldviews of the minority students it recruited and admitted and also of how well intentioned the university was, she gives a trenchant look at the ambition of those times and how the strategy of muddling through played out.

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