Across the nation college enrollment is down for a lot of reasons but mostly because the working-class have stopped believing in the myth of American social mobility by any other means than online celebrity.
HOWEVER . . .
To keep it interesting for those with the cash to make college happen, check a fun pastime that's won't profit people looking for a job . . . A historical blame game of people who are long dead . . .
Here’s the reality members of the Slavery, Memory and Justice Project discovered:
- Ninety percent of the college’s 33 trustees from 1849-50 — who helped found and fund William Jewell — profited directly from slavery, enslaving a combined total of at least 307 people.
- About 79% of trustees who joined between 1851 and 1865 profited directly from slavery, enslaving at least 153 people.
- Alexander Doniphan — a legendary Clay Countian and college founder — was deeply pro-slavery and supported a bill that would penalize public abolitionist advocacy with a jail sentence.
- The story that Dr. William Jewell freed all his slaves upon his death isn’t true.
- Enslaved people contributed to building Jewell Hall.
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com news link and let's hope this leads to some tuition discounts . . .
A group of student, faculty and alumni researchers at William Jewell College is investigating a neglected piece of its history: its founders’ connections to slavery.