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Carolina Story: Virtual Museum of University History


Graham spurred considerable controversy as university president. In 1932, philosopher Bertrand Russell and poet Langston Hughes both spoke at Chapel Hill and provoked a storm of criticism. In 1933, Graham overturned the medical school's quota system for Jewish applicants, prompting its dean to resign. When police arrested a university graduate during the 1934 General Textile Strike, Graham offered to post bond for him. Graham's opponents attacked him again because the young man was a socialist.