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Report, Special Faculty Committee to President H.W. Chase

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Title

Report, Special Faculty Committee to President H.W. Chase

Subject

Carolina Magazine controversy

Description

A report from the Special Faculty Committee to President H.W. Chase regarding the Carolina Magazine controversy.

In October 1926, the University of North Carolina student publication, Carolina Magazine, published a short story titled "Slaves," written by the magazine's assistant editor, R.K. Fowler. In the final scene of the story, the author alluded to an incident of interracial sex between two of the characters, one a young white girl and the other the son of an African American servant. The story caused an uproar on campus and across the region. Letters poured in to President Harry Woodburn Chase, condemning Fowler's exploration of what was thought to be a taboo subject. Soon after publication, the UNC Student Council asked that the magazine’s editor, Julian Starr, step down and ruled that Fowler be dismissed from the University altogether. In response, President Chase formed a faculty committee to review the incident. The committee ultimately voted to overturn the Student Council's decision and ruled that Starr and Fowler could remain.

Creator

Special Faculty Committee

Source

University of North Carolina Papers #40005, University Archives, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Date

26 October 1926

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Original Format

Paper