A Past Never Past: An Analysis of Slavery and Reparation at the University of Mississippi

Coon, Allen (2018) A Past Never Past: An Analysis of Slavery and Reparation at the University of Mississippi. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Willa Johnson from Sociology and Anthropology, The University of Mississippi.


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The University of Mississippi was built using slaves, but the enslaved and their descendants were willfully denied admission to the university until forced desegregation in 1962. This interdisciplinary study employs a qualitative content analysis of antebellum university board of trustees and faculty minutes to investigate the benefits that slavery conferred to the university and the harms that slavery inflicted upon the campus enslaved. Analysis finds that slavery was a standard operation, that extrajudicial violence against slaves was a campus tradition, and that white supremacy was an institutional ideology at the University of Mississippi. This thesis integrates African American reparations literature with historical scholarship about U.S. colleges and universities’ investments in slave economies. Policy recommendations propose that the University of Mississippi supply slavery reparations by investing in Mississippi’s African American communities; and by educating the descendants of the enslaved, whom the university unjustly impoverished and mistreated.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Coon, Allen
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in Public Policy Leadership, African American Studies, and Sociology
Thesis Advisor: Willa Johnson
Thesis Advisor's Department: Sociology and Anthropology
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F001 United States local history
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
L Education > LD Individual institutions (United States)
Depositing User: Mr. Allen Coon
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2019 19:15
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 19:15
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/1293

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