The Chronicle of Higher Education

Slaves in the Ivy League: Princeton Discovers Its Racial Past

November 07, 2017

When Martha A. Sandweiss moved to Princeton, in 2009, she didn’t know much about the history of the university, least of all why she had heard some people refer to it as “the southernmost Ivy.” Ignorance and curiosity, she said, drove her first undergraduate seminar, in 2013. In that course, Ms. Sandweiss, a professor of history, worked with a group of students to examine Princeton’s historical ties to slavery, largely because no scholars before her seemed to have taken a thorough look.

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