9Results for "September 26, 1838"
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Witherspoon-Jackson Community
The Witherspoon-Jackson community, centered around Witherspoon Street, comprised the heart of Princeton’s African-American community during the 19th century.
Commencement Address by James McDowell
A pro-slavery address delivered by James McDowell (class of 1817) at the Princeton commencement for the class of 1838.