Dean of Women Anne Blitz replied to Dean Lucy Slowe’s inquiry about Elizabeth Murphy, her friend’s daughter who would be attending the University of Minnesota in 1936. Dean Blitz explained that there was no campus housing for “Negro students.” Blitz suggests that the cause of segregation was economic, because white students would not stay in dormitories. In fact, Ms. Murphy was barred from moving into student housing by what was in effect a policy of segregation.
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