Blacks at Harvard: A Documentary History of African-American Experience at Harvard and Radcliff.
reviewed by Linda Eisenmannf - 1994
Title: Blacks at Harvard: A Documentary History of African-American Experience at Harvard and Radcliff.
Author(s): Werner Sollors, Caldwell Titcomb, Thomas A. Underwood
Publisher: New York University Press, New York
ISBN: 0814779735, Pages: 548, Year: 1993
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Harvard law professor Christopher Edley, Jr., may have captured the raison d'Etre for this book when observing the skewed proportion of coverage Harvard attracts: "The uproar from all over has been remarkable to those of us who are always surprised to see how much attention the real world pays to events in Cambridge" (p. 462). Yet as the nation's oldest institution of higher education, laying claim to intellectual and educational leadership, Harvard warrants this examination of its congress with the black Americans who have been its graduates since 1869. (To date, 3,800 blacks have enrolled as undergraduates.) The eighty-four documents collected here inform a much-needed analysis of black experience in elite national institutions. The wide array presents a mostly successful mix. Pieces by black alumni and faculty constitute the core, ranging from specific commentary about life at the university to more expansive reflections on being black in America. The editors' conception of "blacks at Harvard" stretches to important figures like Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey, and Malcolm... (preview truncated at 150 words.)
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