Academic Freedom letters
- Chafee, Zechariah, Jr., 1885-1957 (Person)
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President Conant requested Harvard statesman Grenville Clark to take on the task of writing to Frank Ober to explain the school's position. Conant also asked Harvard's legal expert Zecharia Chafee Jr., to write to Frank Ober's partner Robert W. Williams, also a Harvard alumnus, and ask him to intercede with Ober. Chafee was unsuccessful in gaining Williams' support. Williams' reply to Chafee indicated that he agreed with Ober's position. The letter also expressed Williams' own fear of the possible spread of communism and terrorism in the United States and his concern that Harvard's position tied the University to communism in the public view.
Harvard dismissed neither professor and continued to maintain its stance on academic freedom and communism.
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