12Results for "September 1861"
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Pumping Incident Parade
A pencil drawing of the parade given to the three students dismissed in the "Pumping Incident" on campus during the Civil War.