F D Roosevelt and social class at Harvard 1900

Among the principal attractions of Harvard for these privileged students was the university’s commitment to segregating them from aspiring middle-class boys. The Groton graduates ate all their meals together and socialized only with one another or with alumni of elite Northeast prep schools who lived in the three adjacent dormitories. The less affluent boys were housed in more austere university quarters in Harvard Yard. Were it not for classes and team sports, the two groups would have seen little of one another…..Devoting too much attention to developing one’s intellect was suspect as unmanly.

Dallek, Robert. Franklin D. Roosevelt (pp. 26-7). Penguin Books Ltd. Kindle Edition.

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