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Blacks at Harvard: A Documentary History of African-American Experience At Harvard and Radcliffe Hardcover – March 1, 1993

ISBN-13: 978-0814779729 ISBN-10: 0814779727

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"Harvard has played a curiously central role in the American cultural imagination, a role that is fraught with ambiguity. In no part of our society is this more the case than in black America. This important book brings together for the first time two hundred years of reflection on the curious relation of black culture to Harvard, and Harvard's complex relation to black people. A fascinating collection, extraordinarily well-researched, an essential text for all who are interested in the history of African-Americans in higher education."

-Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

About the Author

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.



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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 584 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (March 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814779727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814779729
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,461,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book recognizes blacks who attended, spoke or taught at Harvard as well as the role blacks played in transforming Harvard. Some of the blacks at Harvard are famous, some infamous--each category left to the whim of the reader. Some of Harvard's policies toward blacks were racists, some were enlightened. This is why the book is more that a story about black and white. In my opinion, this is a narrative about the maturation of American ideals regarding religion, rights, and race played out on the campus our nation's oldest university.
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