Emory Students Rally after President's Essay

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ATLANTA (AP) - Hundreds of Emory University students rallied amid continuing controversy over an essay by the school president, who used the three-fifths compromise on slavery to make a point about finding common ground.

Students gathered for the "Rally Against Racism" Wednesday evening at the campus near the eastern edge of Atlanta.

Emory President James Wagner wrote about the 1787 compromise in the winter edition of Emory Magazine. In the compromise, northern and southern states agreed that three-fifths of the slave population would count toward representation in Congress, giving southerners more power in the House of Representatives.

Wagner later wrote an apology, saying he considered slavery to be heinous and inhuman and that he should have stated that clearly in his essay.

A faculty group voted to censure Wagner over the article.

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