Seven. Sarah Lawrence and the Beginning of the Decade of War
Schuman's early years as an instructor at Sarah Lawrence College found him allying himself with progressive elements on the campus, especially in light of the Spanish Civil War. Schuman's views on communism, fascism, and Nazism placed him to the right of many of his peers, but he took pride in his support of the Spanish republicans and was pleased that his Second Symphony won a prize in support of the republicans’ cause. This chapter explores the tensions Schuman experienced as a German Jewish American working in an institution populated mostly by white Anglo-Saxon Protestants as well as the successes he unexpectedly encountered, not only as a prize-winning composer but also as the successful conductor of the Sarah Lawrence College Chorus.
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