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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.
Presbyterians and Slavery
A truly national denomination from the 18th century to the Civil War, American Presbyterianism encompassed a wide range of viewpoints on slavery. Prominent leaders in the church were slaveholders, moderate antislavery advocates, and abolitionists.
Princeton’s Founding Trustees
A firm majority of Princeton's founding trustees (sixteen out of twenty-three) bought, sold, traded, or inherited slaves during their lifetimes.
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.
Princeton’s Fugitive Slaves
Princeton residents published at least 28 newspaper advertisements for runaway slaves between 1774 and 1818. Each tells a unique story of courage and resistance in the face of tremendous odds.
A newspaper notice announcing the establishment of the College of New Jersey in 1746.
Newspaper advertisement for a runaway slave
Advertisement for a runaway slave
"Horses, Cows, Oxen, Negroes"
Advertisement for a slave sale
Advertisement for a runaway slave.