APM Reports presents Shackled Legacy: Universities and the Slave Trade

APM Reports presents Shackled Legacy: Universities and the Slave Trade

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 9:00pm

Pictured: Frank Campbell was a teenager when he was sold to keep Georgetown University afloat. He was one of some 272 enslaved people sold by Jesuits in Maryland to plantations in Louisiana.

Photo: Courtesy of Ellender Memorial Library, Nicholls State University

A growing number of colleges and universities in the eastern United States are confronting their historic ties to the slave trade. Profits from slavery and related industries helped build some of the most prestigious schools in New England. In many southern states, enslaved people built and maintained college campuses. APM Reports presents Shackled Legacy: Universities and the Slave Trade, airing Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370, focuses on three universities — Harvard, Georgetown and the University of Virginia — as they grapple with a deeply troubling chapter in their vaunted histories. At the crux of the story is the question of how these institutions might make amends for the ways they participated in American slavery and the moral, political and practical issues undergirding that question.

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