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A Moment in Nassau Hall
In 1783, four somberly dressed men rode into town to petition Congress: End slavery.
James Madison, Princeton alumnus and fourth President of the United States, held contradictory views on slavery throughout his life—arguing that slavery was incompatible with Revolutionary principles even as he owned over one hundred slaves on his Virginia plantation, brought enslaved people to the White House, and ultimately sold them for personal profit.
Indians, Slavery and Princeton
Princeton’s history of Indian education, dating back to the 18th century, illustrates white Americans’ ambivalent views of American Indians.
Princeton and the Civil War
The Civil War divided Princeton as well as the United States along regional lines, complicating the university’s patriotic history of wartime service as students and alumni fought in both the Union and Confederate forces.
The Manumission of Prime
In 1786, an enslaved man named Prime became one of only three enslaved people to be manumitted by act of the New Jersey legislature in exchange for his service during the Revolutionary War.
Letter from Sarah Gibbes to John Gibbes
A letter from Sarah Gibbes to her son John Gibbes (Class of 1784) in which she encourages him to maintain ties to the Boudinots and Stocktons, wealthy New Jersey families.
"To be sold cheap for Cash"
Newspaper advertisement for the sale of an enslaved woman.
A portrait of Ashbel Green (Class of 1783), who served as the university's 8th president from 1812-1822.
Prime's Petition for Freedom
Petition submitted to the New Jersey state legislature for Prime's manumission.