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Jerome Davis

Born: Dec 2, 1891

Nationality: United States

Jerome Davis

Date of Birth : Dec 2, 1891

Jerome Dwight Davis was a labor organizer and sociologist who founded Promoting Enduring Peace. Early in his life he campaigned to reduce the workweek, and as an advocate of organized labor. Davis was born in Kyoto, Japan in 1891. He attended Newton High School in Newton, Massachusetts, then Oberlin College, where he graduated in 1913. He was manager for the YMCA in Russia where he worked with a number of Bolshevik leaders including Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin. In 1924 he founded the Jerome Davis Research fund to support students at Oberlin College who "worked with labor" to facilitate "mutual understanding and cooperation in the field of industry." He received a PhD in sociology from Columbia University and was a professor at the Yale Divinity School. His failure to receive tenure at Yale caused controversy, as it was widely believed to be due to his activism and Socialist leanings. It is alleged that he was a Stalinist sympathizer. He was blacklisted by the HUAC in the 1950s. In the late 1930s he defended the Moscow Trials from critics.

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