Ebony and ivy book summary

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ebony and ivy book summary

Wilder said. But as he told the archivists more, they would bring out ledgers, letters and other documents. Now, more than a decade later, Mr. He also has a lot more company in the archives. And that tide is far from over. Last spring, a historian at Princeton began an undergraduate research seminar on the little-explored connections between that university and slavery.
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Craig Steven Wilder: Ebony And Ivory

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Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities

Leffler Craig Steven Wilder. New York: Bloomsbury, This is a national history, convincingly demonstrating how university faculty and administrators used slavery to their advantage and both reified and institutionalized scientific racism into its curriculum. The book is a profoundly sad and troubling assessment of the political, economic, religious and intellectual underpinnings of a nation based on principles of white supremacy and the central role of American universities in support of such ideas. It is a tour de force of scholarship and analysis, and should be widely used by students of American history and culture.

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It has become an article of faith that American exceptionalism starts with our lack of a feudal past. Settled by sturdy farmers and righteous artisans, the story goes, we were spared the long, bloody transition to capitalism that marked European history. A broad commitment to popular government and Enlightenment values helped solidify the foundations of a middle-class republic whose pragmatism and ability to compromise guaranteed political stability and broad prosperity. This comforting account has served to introduce generations of Americans to the conviction that we are well on the way to overcoming the painful history of slavery. This is where critically-informed, path-breaking scholarship can truly serve human progress.

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    This summary of Ebony and Ivy includes a complete plot overview – spoilers Convincingly, the book demonstrates how universities took advantage of slavery .

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    But the general public has largely remained in the dark.

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