Slavery and the University
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Slavery and the University

Histories and Legacies

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Pages: 368

Illustrations: 18 b&w images

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 02/01/2019

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5443-9

List Price: $104.95


Pub Date: 02/01/2019

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Slavery and the University

Histories and Legacies

A history and analysis of slavery and its legacy on U.S. campuses

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Slavery and the University is the first edited collection of scholarly essays devoted solely to the histories and legacies of this subject on North American campuses and in their Atlantic contexts. Gathering together contributions from scholars, activists, and administrators, the volume combines two broad bodies of work: (1) historically based interdisciplinary research on the presence of slavery at higher education institutions in terms of the development of proslavery and antislavery thought and the use of slave labor; and (2) analysis on the ways in which the legacies of slavery in institutions of higher education continued in the post–Civil War era to the present day.

The collection features broadly themed essays on issues of religion, economy, and the regional slave trade of the Caribbean. It also includes case studies of slavery’s influence on specific institutions, such as Princeton University, Harvard University, Oberlin College, Emory University, and the University of Alabama. Though the roots of Slavery and the University stem from a 2011 conference at Emory University, the collection extends outward to incorporate recent findings. As such, it offers a roadmap to one of the most exciting developments in the field of U.S. slavery studies and to ways of thinking about racial diversity in the history and current practices of higher education.

Given this volume’s readability and timeliness, I envision the essays helping to bring the history of education nearer to the center of historical study. Well balanced in terms of geographical emphasis, temporal coverage, attention to blacks and whites (and women and men), and linkage of past and present, they contribute to the larger project of developing a new master narrative that reaches beyond the masters. Instructors of history courses on slavery, education, and memory will do well to assign the book. Those who wish to engage students with archives will find guidance. General readers can learn much here about the centrality of slavery to American life and the need to confront its impacts today.

—Michael David Cohen, The American Historical Review

The book’s greatest strength is its methodological diversity, ranging from chronological histories to autobiographical essays. The authors make clear the inextricable links between slavery, students, faculty and administrators, African colonization, and the institutionalization of Christian faiths in the US.

—Jodi Skipper, The Southern Register

Historians of slavery and/or of higher education as well as elementary to college level history teachers, will no doubt find these essays helpful.

—Vineeta Singh, The Black Scholar

Ruth J. Simmons

Craig Steven Wilder

Jennifer Bridges Oast

Kabria Baumgartner

J. Brent Morris

Sven Beckert

Balraj Gill

Jim Henle

Katherine Stevens

Ellen Griffith Spears

James C. Hall

Mark Auslander

Craig B. Hollander

Martha A. Sandweiss

Patrick Jamieson

A. James Fuller

Diane Windham Shaw

Ywone Edwards-Ingram

R. Owen Williams

Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham

William B. Hart

About the Author/Editor

Leslie M. Harris (Editor)
LESLIE M. HARRIS is a professor of history at Northwestern University. She is the coeditor, with Ira Berlin, of Slavery in New York and the coeditor, with Daina Ramey Berry, of Slavery and Freedom in Savannah (Georgia).

James T. Campbell (Editor)
JAMES T. CAMPBELL is the Edgar E. Robinson Professor in U.S. History at Stanford University. He is the author of Middle Passages: African American Journeys to Africa, 1787–2005.

Alfred L. Brophy (Editor)
ALFRED L. BROPHY is the D. Paul Jones Chairholder in Law at the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Reconstructing the Dreamland: The Tulsa Riot of 1921, Race, Reparations, Reconciliation; Reparations: Pro and Con; and University, Court, and Slave: Proslavery Thought in Southern Colleges and Courts and the Coming of Civil War. In 2004 he authored an apology for slavery at the University of Alabama, which was passed by the Faculty Senate and is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States.