Ebony and Ivy: Slavery's Role at Early U.S. Universities, Including Our Own

Ebony and Ivy by Craig Stevens Wilder book cover

America’s earliest academies, like the nation itself, have a legacy of slavery woven into their very fabric. In his latest work MIT historian Craig Steven Wilder (GSAS’89,’93,’94) examines the tarnished relationship between the Atlantic slave trade and the rise of the American college.

On April 1 Wilder returned to campus at the invitation of historian Eric Foner and President Lee C. Bollinger to discuss Ebony and Ivy at a University panel in Low Library that was convened and moderated by Foner, the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History


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