Commonwealth College Records

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Commonwealth College was organized in 1923 and eventually established its quarters in Mena, Arkansas. Its aim was to provide training for young people to work in the labor movement. It was also an experiment in educational self-support, educational democracy, and cooperative living. During its tenure, it was subject to the pulls and tugs of left-wing ideology, disagreement as to the appropriate curriculum and activities for a labor education school, and financial problems. It closed its doors in 1940. The papers of Commonwealth College consist of a manuscript entitled "The Commonwealth College Strike Story," a report covering events in 1932 at the college when some students were agitating for more representation in the Commonwealth College Association, a body consisting of faculty, staff, and some students, which was responsible for formulating policies for the college.

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