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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.
White Supremacy at the Commencement of 1836
Princeton student Thomas Ancrum attacked black abolitionist minister Theodore Wright during the commencement of 1836. The incident exposed the commitment to white supremacy among college students and officials.
Princeton Students Attempt to Lynch an Abolitionist
In September 1835, a crowd of students descended on Princeton’s African American neighborhood to apprehend an abolitionist. The assault underscored the presence on campus of a large number of students committed to slavery and white supremacy.
Princeton’s Civil War Memorial
Nassau Hall’s memorial atrium—built in the 1920s—reflects the era’s reconciliationist politics, erasing the role of slavery and emancipation in the Civil War and granting moral equivalency to the Union and Confederate causes.
African Americans on Campus, 1746-1876
African Americans were a constant presence at the College of New Jersey as servants, support staff, research and teaching assistants, and students. They labored under harsh conditions on a campus dominated by racism and white supremacy.
Description of the first State Convention of Abolitionists in New Jersey.
"Shameful Outrage at Princeton"
Letters from Lewis Tappan, James Carnahan, and Theodore Wright regarding the attack on Wright during the Princeton commencement.
"Case of Aaron W. Kitchell"
Advertisement for the capture of Aaron W. Kitchell (class of 1829), a suspected abolitionist.
Letter from Gilbert R. McCoy
Letter from Gilbert R. McCoy (class of 1837) to Gilbert R. Fox (class of 1835), describing a student-led attack against an abolitionist.