Spring 2018


After establishing the ways ownership connected Penn to the institution of slavery, the Penn & Slavery Project began to complicate the definition of complicity. In the second semester, researchers looked into the foundation of the university. Researchers explored the early trustees' fundraising activities and construction of the university's first campus. Another important part of the university's early years was Penn's medical school. Researchers found ways in which the early medical school's curriculum contributed to the proslavery rhetoric used to justify the civil war and the rise of pseudoscience and dual race theory. Read the student research reports from the Spring of 2018:

Caitlin Doolittle Student Report

Carson Eckhard Student Report

VanJessica Gladney Student Report


With a semester of research complete, the undergraduate researchers presented their findings to the University History Department and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies. View the presentation slides here.