The Annual Gregory Distinguished Lecture series presents Craig Steven Wilder, the author of Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities (2014). His talk will be on "Slavery and Universities in Revolutionary America".
In the aftermath of the American Revolution, higher education underwent a period of dramatic expansion. This academic revolution aimed to correct the deficiencies of the fledgling republic and protect the young nation from the monarchial and undemocratic influences of European universities. Human slavery funded the rise of these new campuses, and these new universities created yet another justification for sustaining human bondage.
Sponsored by the History Department and the Amanda and Greg Gregory Graduate Studies Support Fund.