Antisemitism, the Harvard Plan, and Roots of Reverse Discrimination

Pollak, Oliver B.
March 1983
Jewish Social Studies;Spring83, Vol. 45 Issue 2, p113
Academic Journal
The article discusses the hypocritical plan to eliminate anti-Jewish discrimination at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. At the end of Harvard president Charles Eliot's term in 1908, the Jewish enrollment had been six percent. It was then feared that the uncontrolled enrollment at Harvard would increase the Jewish presence to 40 percent. Committees were then formed to help answer the problems. The mediation of antisemitism was also processed through extralegal, informal, and private administrative means, rather than by a recourse to the courts. Despite concerns to eliminate anti-Jewish discrimination, intuition suggests that the Harvard plan was just masks of discrimination.


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