Blacks at Harvard: A Documentary History of African-American Experience at Harvard and Radcliffe

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Henry B and Anne M Cabot Professor of English Literature and Professor of African and African American Studies Werner Sollors, Werner Sollors, Caldwell Titcomb, Thomas A. Underwood, Randall Kennedy
NYU Press, 1993 - Education - 548 pages

The history of blacks at Harvard mirrors, for better or for worse, the history of blacks in the United States. Harvard, too, has been indelibly scarred by slavery, exclusion, segregation, and other forms of racist oppression. At the same time, the nation's oldest university has also, at various times, stimulated, supported, or allowed itself to be influenced by the various reform movements that have dramatically changed the nature of race relations across the nation. The story of blacks at Harvard is thus inspiring but painful, instructive but ambiguous—a paradoxical episode in the most vexing controversy of American life: the "race question."
The first and only book on its subject, Blacks at Harvard is distinguished by the rich variety of its sources. Included in this documentary history are scholarly overviews, poems, short stories, speeches, well-known memoirs by the famous, previously unpublished memoirs by the lesser known, newspaper accounts, letters, official papers of the university, and transcripts of debates. Among Harvard's black alumni and alumnae are such illustrious figures as W.E.B. Du Bois, Monroe Trotter, and Alain Locke; Countee Cullen and Sterling Brown both received graduate degrees. The editors have collected here writings as diverse as those of Booker T. Washington, William Hastie, Malcolm X, and Muriel Snowden to convey the complex ways in which Harvard has affected the thinking of African Americans and the ways, in turn, in which African Americans have influenced the traditions of Harvard and Radcliffe.
Notable among the contributors are significant figures in African American letters: Phyllis Wheatley, William Melvin Kelley, Marita Bonner, James Alan McPherson and Andrea Lee. Equally prominent in the book are some of the nation's leading historians: Carter Woodson, Rayford Logan, John Hope Franklin, and Nathan I. Huggins. A vital sourcebook, Blacks at Harvard is certain to nourish scholarly inquiry into the social and intellectual history of African Americans at elite national institutions and serves as a telling metaphor of this nation's past.

 

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Contents

An Overview
1
PHILLIS WHEATLEY
9
MARTIN R DELANY AND THE HARVARD MEDICAL
19
THE FIRST BLACK HARVARD
37
Speech at the Harvard Club of New York
57
W E B DU BOIS
69
W MONROE TROTTER
91
BOOKER T WASHINGTON
101
JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN
287
MURIEL SNOWDEN
297
HAROLD R SCOTT
311
WILLIAM MELVIN KELLEY
317
THE AFRICAN AND AFROAMERICAN SOCIETY
335
MALCOLMX
343
JAMES ALAN MCPHERSON
369
THE FOUNDING OF THE AFROAMERICAN STUDIES
379

WILLIAM H FERRIS
113
LESLIE PINCKNEY HILL
123
ALAIN LOCKE
129
EDWARD SMYTH JONES
153
EVA B DYKES
159
CAROLINE BOND DAY
169
MARCUS GARVEY
189
THE HARVARD DORMITORY CRISIS 192123
195
MARITA O BONNER
229
STERLING A BROWN
235
COUNTÉE CULLEN
241
RALPH BUNCHE
255
WILLIAM H HASTIE
261
RAYFORD W LOGAN
271
LEADBELLY
281
YEARBOOK
407
The Reform of Tradition the Tradition of Reform
427
EMORY J WEST
435
ANDREA
445
LEIGH JACKSON
453
THE GREENBERGCHAMBERS INCIDENT
457
FARAH GRIFFIN
475
BRAXTON
485
MARTIN KILSON
491
EILEEN SOUTHERN
499
NATHAN IRVIN HUGGINS
505
NOTE ON THE TEXTS
513
READINGS
521
INDEX
539
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Werner Sollors is Henry B. and Anne M. Cabot Professor of English Literature and Professor of Afro-American Studies and Chair of the History of American Civilization Program at Harvard University. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including The Multilingual Anthology of American Literature, Theories of Ethnicity: A Classical Reader, and Multilingual America: Transnationalism, Ethnicity, and the Languages of American Literature, all available from NYU Press.

Werner Sollors is Henry B. and Anne M. Cabot Professor of English Literature and Professor of Afro-American Studies and Chair of the History of American Civilization Program at Harvard University. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including The Multilingual Anthology of American Literature, Theories of Ethnicity: A Classical Reader, and Multilingual America: Transnationalism, Ethnicity, and the Languages of American Literature, all available from NYU Press.

Caldwell Titcomb is Professor Emeritus of Music at Brandeis University and has for many years written widely on aspects of black culture. Thomas Underwood received his Ph.D. in the history of American civilization from Harvard University. Randall Kennedy is Professor at Harvard Law School and the editor of Reconstruction magazine.

Thomas Underwood received his Ph.D. in the history of American civilization from Harvard University.
Randall Kennedy is Professor at Harvard Law School and the editor of Reconstruction magazine.

Randall Kennedy is Professor at Harvard Law School and the editor of Reconstruction magazine.

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