This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of ebony and ivy by craig steven wilder. Published in 2013, craig steven wilders ebony and ivy race, slavery, and the troubled history of americas universities takes an in-depth look at how race-based mindsets and slavery were foundational in the creation, development, and intellectual status quo of universities in america. ebony and ivy has a great title, well-written, well sourced, and some interesting material but theres just something off about it to me. The connection between slavery and the early histories of some of americas most elite colleges and universities has long been known, and came to particular prominence after 2003, when brown universitys president, ruth simmons, commissioned a committee to pursue the subject. Ebony & ivy npr coverage of ebony & ivy race, slavery, and the troubled history of americas universities by craig steven wilder. Ebony and ivy is a powerful and propulsive study and the first of its kind, revealing a history of oppression behind the institutions usually considered the cradle of liberal politics. Enter your mobile number or email address below and well send you a link to download the free kindle app. Ebony & ivy race, slavery, and the troubled history of americas universities user review - book verdict. A professor of american history at the massachusetts institute of technology, wilder here reveals how deeply american institutions of higher education have been entwined with slavery, which even helped fund the building of some colleges. American institutions of higher education have remained the envy of the world. According to craig steven wilder, an mit history professor and author of 2001s in the company of black men the. in ebony and ivy, craig steven wilder, a rising star in the profession of history, lays bare uncomfortable truths about race, slavery, and the american academy. Many of americas revered colleges and universities--from harvard, yale, and princeton to rutgers, williams college, and unc--were soaked in the sweat, the tears, and sometimes the blood of people of color. Book review of ebony and ivy race, slavery, and the troubled history of americas universities the nonfiction, paperback by craig steven wilder (bloomsbury press, sep 02, 2014) african american literature book club celebrating our literary legacy since 1997 black literature is for everyone african american literature book club. Zinn has no doubts about where he stands in this peoples history it is a history disrespectful of governments and respectful of peoples movements of resistance.