The Sticking Place

On the Steps of Low Library

Diana Trilling

It would probably go too far to say that the reason Columbia was picked for a campus offensive against American society, the first in a major private university in the country, was because of its closeness to Harlem. Although a Columbia demonstration had been planned some months before this one took place, there was a large element of accident in the early stages of the uprising; even the occupation of Hamilton Hall had not been precisely designed, and the expulsion of the white student seems to have been an ad hoc decision, though one with precedent in recent black militant practice.

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