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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.
The Civil War Comes to Princeton in 1861
Tensions between Unionist and Secessionist students reached their peak in 1861, shortly after the outbreak of the Civil War.
Princeton in the Newspapers
News about the College of New Jersey and its students—including their connections to the South—spread across the country through multiple forms of print media.
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 Southern Woman in "Negro Town"
On an 1855 trip to Princeton, Louisianan Ann Maria Davison visited fourteen homes in the town’s black neighborhood. Davison’s observations convinced her that Princeton’s free black residents were intelligent and hard-working people fully capable of supporting themselves and their families—a position that contradicted common arguments in favor of slavery.
Nassau Hall ca. 1860
Lithograph of Nassau Hall.
"The Early Bootlick Gets the Grade"
Excerpt from an 1860 play mocking an abolitionist, published in the Nassau Rake.
Bust of Joseph Caldwell
Image of a bust of Joseph Caldwell for his biography. Caldwell was a College of New Jersey graduate and the first president of the University of North Carolina (UNC) where, “all things were fashioned after the model of Princeton College.”
Jonathan Edwards Sr.
Portrait of Jonathan Edwards Sr., Princeton's third president.
James C. Johnson circa 1860
Photograph of former slave James Collins Johnson.