Monday, January 30, 2012


Over My Dead Body

George A. Kennedy, Afterword: An Essay on Classics in America after the Yale Report, in Meyer Reinhold, Classica Americana: The Greek and Roman Heritage in the United States (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1984), pp. 325-351 (at 342, footnote omitted):
William Howard Taft, a powerful member of the Yale Corporation, declared that Yale would abolish the Latin requirement over his dead body. He died in 1930 and the requirement died in 1931.

Update: Thanks to Robert J. O'Hara, who pointed me to a copy of the 1828 Yale Report on The Collegiate Way web site (link added above).

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