1929 August 6

University of Pittsburgh Ordered to Reinstate Student Expelled for Membership in Liberal Club

 

A court ordered the University of Pittsburgh to reinstate freshman student Arthur McDowell who had been expelled the previous May. His offense? Being a leader of the Liberal Club on campus. No actions or statements he might have made were reported in the New York Times story.

William Albertson, another student, was also expelled. And the university fired Philosophy Professor Frederick Woltman because he was executive secretary of the Pittsburgh chapter of the ACLU. Woltman had reportedly offended the local power structure because in a series of articles he had criticized the leaders of the major coal companies for their treatment of coal mine workers.

 

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