MIT looked for slavery in its past... and undergrads found it in the present

June 11, 2018
A program from a minstrel show put on by the MIT Athletic Association in 1899.

A program from a minstrel show put on by the MIT Athletic Association in 1899.

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Rupa Shenoy, courtesy MIT archives. 

MIT looked for slavery in its past... and undergrads found it in the present

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June 11, 2018
Yale, Brown, Harvard, Georgetown, Princeton — they’ve all found that they directly benefited from slavery. But all those places were founded in the 16-and 1700s. MIT didn’t exist until two days before the Civil War. So you might not expect connections to slavery in its past... Unless you redefine what you mean by 'slavery.'
 
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