chapter  10
A Story of Slavery, Sex, and Mammon
Pages 12

The brochure Yale University put out for its tercentenary year summarized Yale's official view on its relationship to slavery. Yale graduates, it says, "have a long history of activism in the face of slavery and a modern history of scholarship about it. Today the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, located at Yale, is the first of its kind in the world." True as far as it goes, but as Dugdale, Fueser, and Castro Alves point out, Yale also helped in 1831 to stop the effort to expand higher education to African Americans in New Haven, and in the twentieth century chose to name most of its colleges after slave owners and proslavery leaders.