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Lincoln GordonArchitect of Cold War Foreign Policy$
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Bruce L.R. Smith

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813156552

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813156552.001.0001

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Secular Humanism at Fieldston

Secular Humanism at Fieldston

(p.19) 2 Secular Humanism at Fieldston
Lincoln Gordon

Bruce L. R. Smith

University Press of Kentucky

Young Lincoln is sent to the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, which is hospitable to Jewish students and has a special role in Jewish assimilation and secular humanism, where he has a rigorous scientific and classical education. His brother, Frank, willful like his mother, is sent away to Andover Academy because of their quarrels. Lincoln is especially close to his mother, calls her by her first name, and writes her avuncular letters while she is away on tour. His mother’s best friend is Margaret Sanger, and Lincoln becomes close to Margaret and interested in her ideas. Lincoln is the class academic leader, is captain of Fieldston basketball team despite his short stature, and runs track. He spurns the role of class president but drafts a class statement that is read to the parents at graduation. Lincoln falls in love with Aline Bernstein (Saarinen), who later marries the famous architect and becomes a pioneering woman journalist, but the two have a falling out when he goes away to Harvard in 1930.

Keywords:   Lincoln Gordon, American Foreign Policy, Harry S. Truman, Cold War

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