Education: Lowell's Lessons

Octogenarian Abbott Lawrence Lowell, Harvard's ex-president (1909-1933), has spent a long and active life disproving the axiom that a burned child dreads the fire. The scalding he got when he protested Louis D. Brandeis' appointment to the U. S. Supreme Court for "lack of judicial temperament" did not deter him from getting himself into hot water again by proposing a quota for Jewish students at Harvard and barring Negroes from freshmen dormitories. He went on to become embroiled in the Sacco-Vanzetti case as the target of libertarians' scorn. Last year, when he demanded...

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