Sunday, November 2, 2008
Interesting notes about Hamilton Holts Speech
I found that the speech made by Hamilton Holt on the morning of November 28th 1947 presented many interesting perspectives of 1940s culture in America. Rollins was a liberal institution, Holt was a liberal president, however the South in the 1940s was far from liberal. The fact that Rollins is located in the South made race related issues of this era all the more controversial and even more difficult to address. Holt expressed his fear that Kenneth Woodward (the Black Ohio Wesleyan player) would be injured, or would injure somebody else, thus provoking a "race war." I don't entirely disagree with Holt's perspective on this issue, i do however question his motive. Was he really concerned about safety? or was it more about school P.R.