If you are interested in learning more about slavery, memory, and reconciliation at Georgetown, throughout higher education, and around the country, we recommend the following readings. Please check back regularly for additions and updates.
Beckett, Edward. S.J. “Listening to Our History: Inculturation and Jesuit Slaveholding.” Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits 28/5 (November 1996): 1-48.
Berlin, Ira. “American Slavery in History and Memory and the Search for Social Justice.” The Journal of American History 90 (2004): 1251-1268.
Clarke, Max and Gary Alan Fine. “‘A’ for Apology: Slavery and the Collegiate Discourses of Remembrance – the Cases of Brown University and the University of Alabama.” History and Memory 22 (2010): 81-112.
Collins, David. “Georgetown, Jesuits, Slaveholding.” The Hoya February 9, 2015. Web.
Curran, Robert Emmett. “‘Splendid Poverty’: Jesuit Slave Holdings in Maryland, 1805-1838.” In Catholics in the Old South. Edited by Randall M. Miller and Jon L. Wakelyn. Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, 1983.
Curran, Robert Emmett. “Building a College and More.” In The Bicentennial History of Georgetown University: From Academy to University, 107-130. Washington: Georgetown University Press, 1993.
Jackson, Maurice. “Washington, DC: From the Founding of a Slaveholding Capital to a Center of Abolitionism.” Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology & Heritage 2.1 (May 2013): 40-66.
Kolchin, Peter. “Slave Life” and “The White South.” In American Slavery, 1619-1877, 133-199. New York: Hill and Wang, 1993.
Menzie Lesko, Kathleen, Valerie Babb, and Carroll R. Gibbs. Black Georgetown Remembered: A History of Its Black Community From the Founding of “The Town of George” in 1751 to the Present Day. Washington, DC: Georgetown UP, 2016.
- Preface and Chapter 1 recommended
- See details on the event celebrating the book’s 25th anniversary
Murphy, Thomas, S.J. Jesuit Slaveholding in Maryland, 1717-1838. Studies in African American History and Culture. New York: Routledge, 2001.
Quallen, Matthew. “Georgetown, Financed by Slave Trading.” The Hoya September 26, 2014. Web.
Quallen, Matthew. “Jesuit Ideals Facing the Slave Trade.” The Hoya January 16, 2015. Web.
Quallen, Matthew. “Slavery Inextricably Tied to Georgetown’s Growth.” The Hoya October 23, 2015. Web.
Quallen, Matthew. “Slavery’s Remnants, Buried and Overlooked.” The Hoya September 11, 2015. Web.
Quallen, Matthew. “Beyond the 272 Sold in 1838, Plotting the National Diaspora of Jesuit-Owned Slaves.” The Hoya April 30, 2016. Web.
Wilder, Craig Steven. Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities. New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2013.