Political Uses of the Past: Public Memory of Slavery and Colonialism

12 de October, 2023 | Gessica Borges | Publication

The introduction to Slavery and the University: History and Legacies begins by asking readers a few questions, including: what does the relationship between universities and slavery teach us about the history of the United States of America (USA), about the history of higher education, and about today? Why are we discussing the relationship between universities and slavery, and why are we only doing so now? Why is this research so intimidating? What do these forays into the past achieve? Do they have concrete positive political impacts or are they just a manifestation of “political correctness”, as their detractors accuse?1 The essays that make up the book, many of which originated at the first conference on slavery and the university (organised by the co-editor of this book, Leslie M. Harris, and held at Emory University in February 2011), provide some answers to these questions and also an idea of the enormous amount of work that is being (and is yet to be) done in this area – which will, in the book’s final note, be proposed as a new field of study.

Pereira, A. C. (2023). Slavery and the University: History and Legacies: Leslie M. Harris, James T. Campbell, and Alfred L. Brophy, eds. Práticas Da História. Journal on Theory, Historiography and Uses of the Past, (15), 307–317. https://doi.org/10.48487/pdh.2022.n15.30065