More than twenty years after he was dismissed from the University of Minnesota for being “pro-German” and disloyal to the United States at a time of war, the Board of Regents voted to exonerate Professor Emeritus William Schaper on the principle of upholding academic freedom on campus. Eight members voted in favor of his reinstatement to the university, while the two members who had sat on the original committee in 1917, Fred B. Snyder and W.J. Mayo, voted against or abstained. Art Naftalin, the student journalist who wrote the story, went on to become the DFL Mayor of Minneapolis, and was a strong supporter of the Farmer-Labor Party. He wrote his PhD dissertation in the Political Science Department about the Farmer-Labor Party.
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