Sunday, October 9

Ivy Jews

In 1905 Harvard began an admissions policy based on merit. By 1922, Jews made up more than a fifth of Harvard’s freshman class. The administration and alumni were up in arms. Jews were thought to be sickly and grasping, grade-grubbing and insular. They displaced the sons of wealthy Wasp alumni, which did not bode well for fund-raising. What to do? Ask for photos and mother's maiden name on the application. By 1933 the percentage of Jews at Harvard was back down to fifteen per cent.
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