Slavery Series


How Colleges Benefited From Slavery And, In Recent Years, Suppressed Their Slave Ties or Blocked Descendants’ Attempts to Redress that History:

A New Path to Atonement
Conflicts Have Mired the Efforts of Georgetown U. and the Jesuits to Make Amends for Their Involvement With Slavery. Now A More Lasting Reconciliation May Be In Sight.

The Trouble With ‘Ole Miss’
U. of Mississippi Has Distanced Itself From Much of its Confederate Past. Will it Ever Do the Same With its Popular Nickname?

Buried History
How Far Should a University Go to Face its Slave Past? 

Stained by Slavery
How Craig Steven Wilder Became a One-Man Truth-and-Reconciliation Commission on Colleges and Slavery


How New Slavery Scholarship is Recasting the Narrative of Capitalism, to the Outrage of Economists, And Challenging Cherished Myths in Major Cities: 

Shackles and Dollars
Historians and Economists Clash Over the Role Slavery Played in Capitalism 

An Antidote for American Amnesia
Tiya Miles Maps the Forgotten Corners of Slave History

How Should We Memorialize Slavery?
A Case Study of What Happens When Research Collides With Public Memory


How Some Universities Linked to Slavery, Working With Black Colleges and Descendant Communities, Are Becoming Laboratories for Developing Pathways to Reparations

A ‘Long Overdue Conversation’
Do Universities that Benefited From Slavery Owe a Debt to Black Colleges?

The Scholars Behind the Quest for Reparations
They Are Propelling A Reckoning With Slavery’s Legacy on Campuses, in Cities, at Companies. What Hilary Beckles is Doing Represents the Next Step. It’s the Marshaling of Scholarship for a Political Aim: Payback. 


The Roots of Today’s Reckoning With Slavery: 

The Long Reach of David Brion Davis
The Historian’s Influence Has Been Enormous, If Not Always Obvious