135Results for "Reconstruction to Present (1865-)"
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.
The KKK and Princeton's 1955 Emmett Till Petition
When three Princeton students organized a petition protesting the acquittal of Emmett Till’s murderers in 1955, classmates dressed in KKK robes threatened their lives. Though the campus newspaper and Princeton administration characterized the incident as a “prank,” the event revealed deep divisions on campus over issues of racial justice.
The Murder of Frederick Ohl
In 1895, African American Princeton resident John Collins shot and killed white Princeton student Frederick Ohl. The racially biased news coverage surrounding Collins’s trial illustrates racial tensions still present on campus and in town thirty years after the end of the Civil War.
Princeton and the Ku Klux Klan
During the early 1920s, Princeton students came into contact with local members of the Ku Klux Klan. Their interactions with the Klan reveal both curiosity about the organization and anxiety about the following it could develop on university campuses.
"The Celebrated Alexander Dumas Watkins": Princeton's First Black Instructor
Alexander Dumas Watkins (1855-1903), a self-taught biologist, conducted significant scientific research alongside Princeton University professors from the 1880s until his death in 1903. Despite holding no formal academic position, Watkins worked in Princeton’s laboratories and taught courses as the University’s first black instructor—and the last until the 1950s.
"Old Nassau" sheet music
Sheet music for "Old Nassau," as published in the 1869 edition of Carmina Princetonia.
Tappers Carrying Buckets of Latex
African workers at a collection station of the Firestone Plantations Company near Cavalla, Liberia. Their buckets are loaded with latex.
White Students at the Princeton Grammar School
Photograph of the fourth grade class at the segregated Nassau Street School in the 1910s.
African American Students at the Witherspoon Street School
Photograph of students at the segregated Witherspoon Street School in the 1920s and 1930s.
Advertisement urging Princeton residents to vote Republican to support the new state constitution, which prohibited the segregation of public schools.