APM Reports: Shackled Legacy

This article by Stephen Smith and Kate Ellis reviews the historical and economic legacy of slavery and American universities.

Dozens of American colleges and universities are investigating their historic ties to the slave trade and debating how to atone.

Profits from slavery and related industries helped fund some of the most prestigious schools in the Northeast, including Harvard, Columbia, Princeton and Yale. And in many southern states — including the University of Virginia — enslaved people built college campuses and served faculty and students.

Check out the article and listen to the podcast at APM Reports.

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