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Ebony & Ivy

Race, Slavery, And The Troubled History Of America's Universities

By author. Craig Steven Wilder

A 2006 report commissioned by Brown University revealed that institution’s complex and contested involvement in slavery—setting off a controversy that leapt from the ivory tower to make headlines across the country. But Brown’s troubling past was far from unique. In Ebony and Ivy, Craig Steven Wilder, a rising star in the profession of history, lays bare uncomfortable truths about race, slavery, and the American academy.

Many of America’s revered colleges and universities—from Harvard, Yale, and Princeton to Rutgers, Williams College, and UNC—were soaked in the sweat, the tears, and sometimes the blood of people of color. The earliest academies proclaimed their mission to Christianize the savages of North America, and played a key role in white conquest. Later, the slave economy and higher education grew up together, each nurturing the other. Slavery funded colleges, built campuses, and paid the wages of professors. Enslaved Americans waited on faculty and students; academic leaders aggressively courted the support of slave owners and slave traders. Significantly, as Wilder shows, our leading universities, dependent on human bondage, became breeding grounds for the racist ideas that sustained them.

Ebony and Ivy is a powerful and propulsive study and the first of its kind, revealing a history of oppression behind the institutions usually considered the cradle of liberal politics.

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Format: Book
Author: Wilder, Craig Steven, author.
Summary: A leading African American historian of race in America exposes the uncomfortable truths about race, slavery, and the American academy, revealing that leading universities, dependent on human bondage, became breeding grounds for the racist ideas that sustained it.
Title: Ebony & ivy : race, slavery, and the troubled history of America's universities / Craig Steven Wilder.
Publisher Date: New York, NY : Bloomsbury Press, [2013]
Subject: Discrimination in higher education -- United States Racism in education -- United States Slavery -- United States Universities and colleges -- United States -- History African Americans -- Education (Higher) History. Minorities -- Education (Higher) -- United States -- History. United States -- Race relations
Isbn: 9781596916814 (alk. paper) 1596916818 (alk. paper)
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Format: Book
Author: Wilder, Craig Steven, author.
Summary: A leading African American historian of race in America exposes the uncomfortable truths about race, slavery, and the American academy, revealing that leading universities, dependent on human bondage, became breeding grounds for the racist ideas that sustained it.
Title: Ebony & ivy : race, slavery, and the troubled history of America's universities / Craig Steven Wilder.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Publisher, Date: New York, NY : Bloomsbury Press, [2013]
Description: 423 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Subjects: Discrimination in higher education -- United States
Subjects: Racism in education -- United States
Subjects: Slavery -- United States
Subjects: Universities and colleges -- United States -- History
Subjects: African Americans -- Education (Higher) History.
Subjects: Minorities -- Education (Higher) -- United States -- History.
Subjects: United States -- Race relations
Other Title: Ebony and ivy
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages [293]-408) and index.
Contents: A Connecticut Yankee at an ancient Indian mound -- Slavery and the rise of the American College. The edges ; "Bonfires of the Negros" ; "The very name of a West-Indian" ; Ebony and ivy -- Race and the rise of the American College. Whitening the Promised Land ; "All students & all Americans" ; "On the bodily and mental inferiority of the Negro" ; "Could they be sent back to Africa" -- Cotton comes to Harvard.
LCCN: 2013011971
ISBN: 9781596916814 (alk. paper)
ISBN: 1596916818 (alk. paper)
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Call Number: 379.26 Wil