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Spring 2012-2013
* HIS 402 / AAS 402 / AMS 412 (HA)   No Pass/D/Fail

Princeton and Slavery

Martha A. Sandweiss


Research seminar focused on Princeton University's historical connections to the institution of slavery. The class will work toward creating a report that details the slave-holding practices of Princeton faculty and students, examines campus debates about slavery, and investigates whether money derived from slave labor contributed to the early growth of the school. Class will meet in Mudd Library.

Sample reading list:
Ira Berlin, Generations of Captivity
Farrow, Lang, and Frank, Complicity
Alfred Brophy, Reparations: Pro and Con

Reading/Writing assignments:
All students will do extensive research in University and online archives, and contribute to a database on the slave-holding practices of Princeton faculty and students. Students will also annotate a primary source document to post to a website, and write a 15-20 page research paper.

Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%
Other (See Instructor) - 25%

Other information:
Students interested in HIS402/AAS402/AMS412 must write a paragraph explaining why they wish to take the seminar and what strengths they bring to the course. Submit your paragraph to

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42754 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M   Mudd Manuscript Library   1A   Enrolled:6 Limit:12