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The Class of 1859 Prize and the Politics of “Friendship”
Ten years after their graduation, alumni from the class of 1859 established a prize meant to demonstrate their class unity after the divisive Civil War years. Their efforts to reconcile North and South reflected a national trend to obscure serious ideological differences and the role of slavery in the Civil War.
Stephen Alexander and Alfred Scudder
Stephen Alexander, Princeton’s first astronomy professor, held moderate antislavery views but denied the equality of Black and white Americans. At the same time, he may have employed an African American man named Alfred Scudder as an assistant on campus.
Princeton and Abolition
Princeton’s faculty and students actively opposed abolition, creating a climate of fear and intimidation around the subject during the 19th century. Although some Princeton affiliates were critical of slavery, the institution demonstrated a catastrophic failure of leadership on the greatest moral question of the age.
Student Autograph Books and Collegiate Friendships
Antebellum autograph books reveal the intimate, cross-sectional friendships northern and southern Princeton students formed in the years before the Civil War.
Princeton and Secession
The secession of southern states from the United States in 1860 and 1861 bitterly divided Princeton’s students along regional and political lines—prompting the withdrawal of one quarter of the student body, many of whom later fought in the Confederate Army or served in the rebel government.
A short play about Border Ruffians and Abolitionists, involving members of the class of 1860.
Autograph Book Entry by James R. Yerger
Autograph book entry by James R. Yerger (class of 1859) to Winfield S. Purviance ('1861).
Alfred N. C. Scudder
Photo of Alfred Scudder, assistant to Professors Stephen Alexander and John Schanck, and janitor of Clio Hall. The photograph is captioned "Asst Prof of Nat. Phil (or Buck)"
"Effigy-Burning at Princeton College"
A news item about the burning of John Brown in effigy at the College of New Jersey, printed in the Baltimore Sun.
"Effigy-Burning among the Princeton Students"
A news item about the burning of John Brown in effigy at the College of New Jersey, printed in the Richmond Whig.