Carolina Political Union

Organized in 1936 by students in E. J. Woodhouse's political science class, the Carolina Political Union sought to share information and promote debate about current affairs. The group invited speakers to campus and succeeded in bringing many prominent politicians to Chapel Hill, including President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1938), Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn (1941), and Congressman John F. Kennedy (1947). The group also invited controversial speakers to campus, most notably Ku Klux Klan leader Hiram Wesley Evans (1937) and Communist Party leader Earl Browder (1938). The club was discontinued in the mid-1950s and then revived for a few years in the late 1960s.