26Results for "c. 1862"
Princetonians in Virginia
The College of New Jersey attracted large numbers of Virginia students in the 18th and 19th centuries, contributing to Princeton’s reputation as a school for southerners. This essay focuses on three students from Virginia whose careers as clergymen and educators reflected evolving arguments about slavery and emancipation from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War.
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.
Stephen Alexander and Alfred Scudder
Stephen Alexander, Princeton’s first astronomy professor, held moderate antislavery views but denied the equality of Black and white Americans. At the same time, he may have employed an African American man named Alfred Scudder as an assistant on campus.
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.
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.
Photo of James Simpson, a campus worker.
Autograph Book Entry by Roland Cox
Autograph book entry by Roland Cox (class of 1863) to Ewing Graham McClure ('1862).
Manumission of John Skillman
Manumission record for John Skillman, about 39 years old, signed by Caleb Johnson.
Autograph Book Entry by Edward F. Neufville
Autograph book entry by Edward F. Neufville (class of 1862) to Thomson McGowan ('1861).
Photo of Alfred Scudder, assistant to Professors Stephen Alexander and John Schanck, and janitor of Clio Hall.