Slavery and the American university: discourses of retrospective justice at Harvard and Brown
Slavery & Abolition
Taylor & Francis
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Walters, L. (2017). Slavery and the American university: discourses of retrospective justice at Harvard and Brown. Slavery & Abolition, 1-26. https://doi.org/10.1080/0144039X.2017.1309875
American universities have drawn international attention in recent years as their ties to and historical complicity in slavery and the slave trade have been increasingly exposed. This essay examines Harvard and Brown's self-reflective investigations into their involvement in slavery and highlights how the universities have deployed a discourse of retrospective justice as a way to grapple with the incorporation of the history of slavery into the heritage of their institutions. The essay finds that by engaging in conversations about memorialization, apology, and reparations, the universities attempt to confront the past while constructing the future.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/0144039X.2017.1309875
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/264665