New Center for Study of Slavery to examine troubled Charleston history and current impacts | Features


In 2001, students at Yale University uncomfortable with the school’s expressions of pride in its abolitionist past decided to look into the matter only to discover a complicated history.

The effort received slight attention at the time, but it signaled a shift. Soon, other academic institutions were scrutinizing their pasts.

This academic introspection really got rolling in 2003, when Brown University’s president asked for the formation of a steering committee to examine how the school benefited from the slave trade.

A report published by the Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice made clear that the university benefited a lot: It was founded thanks to support provided by slave traders,…

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