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Yale and Slavery: 20th Century Sources

Bibliographic list of source materials on Yale and slavery.

20th Century Sources

Research in the 20th century focused on tracking Yale's relationship to the legacies and aftermath of slavery — at Yale and beyond — through memorialization, campus politics, university celebrations and events, art and architecture, and curricular and extracurricular activities connected to race and white supremacy. At the heart of the research is an attempt to understand how the university told and presented its own narrative of its history in relation to these topics. The team has devoted significant time to excavating the history of Yale's Civil War Memorial and its connection to national trends of Civil War and racial memory. The digitized archives of the Yale Daily News, first published in 1882, provide context for the culture of the student body at any given time.

Secondary Sources

"The Mingled Dust of Both Armies: Yale's Compromised Civil War Memorial" by Ali Frick (senior essay - used with permission)

"Which Southerners?  Which Southern Historians? A Century of Teaching Southern History at Yale" by Glenda E. Gilmore (journal article)

"A Banner Year for Black Students" by Judith A. Schiff (Yale Alumni Magazine article)

"Eloquence in the Cause of Freedom" by Judith A. Schiff (Yale Alumni Magazine article)

"Levi Jackson: Hometown Hero" by Judith A. Schiff (Yale Alumni Magazine article)

"The Grove Street Cemetery: A history read before the New Haven Colony Historical Society" by Henry H. Townshend (1947 paper discusses the burial of African Americans at the Grove Street Cemetery in the 19th century)

"Yale, Slavery and Abolition" by Antony Dugdale et. al. (Amistad Committee report)