26Results for "1859"
Lincoln and the Election of 1860
Princeton students engaged in heated debates over slavery during the contentious 1860 election, in which New Jersey was the only northern state where Abraham Lincoln lost the popular vote.
Philip Lindsley: Princeton’s Acting President
In 1824, Philip Lindsley—a pioneer of education in the antebellum period—delivered one of the most forceful condemnations of slavery in Princeton’s history. After relocating to the South, however, Lindsley gradually abandoned his antislavery principles, owning slaves himself and defending the institution as beneficial to enslaved people.
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.
Henry Kollock (1778-1819) was a Princeton professor, pastor, and slave owner. He appeared in the first fugitive slave narrative: Life of William Grimes, a Runaway Slave.
As tensions over slavery led to sectional crisis in the first half of the 19th century, Princeton’s commencement addresses became increasingly pro-slavery in tone.
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)"
Letter from Joseph T. Crawford to the Captain-General of Cuba
Documents that reveal the simultaneous demand for cargo ships and slaves.
"Effigies Burnt and Hung"
A news item about the burning of John Brown in effigy at the College of New Jersey, printed in the Edgefield Advertiser.