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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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Harvard in Three Years

Harvard in Three Years

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(p.27) 3 Harvard in Three Years
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Lincoln Gordon
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Bruce L. R. Smith

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813156552.003.0003

His father and his father’s close friends attempt to persuade Lincoln to spend the full four years at Harvard as an undergraduate, but he rejects all advice, determined to complete his BA in three years so that he can catch up with his brother, Frank. Frank goes to Princeton in 1929 and graduates in 1933, which Lincoln matches by shortening his Harvard stay through extra work. Lincoln starts in premed but quickly switches to government as his major. His fellow students are not sufficiently serious for his taste, and he finds the Harvard atmosphere somewhat frivolous considering the Depression facing the country. Nonetheless, he joins in undergraduate hijinks despite being a serious student. He joins two choirs and devotes much of his spare time to music. He writes home diligently to his parents but does not tell his father he narrowly escaped being arrested as a car thief when his roommate mistakenly thought someone had stolen the car he and Lincoln jointly own. He writes an original and provocative honors thesis that earns him a summa from the Government Department. In retrospect he regrets having rushed through his undergraduate career.

Keywords:   Lincoln Gordon, American Foreign Policy, Princeton University, Great Depression

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