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Observer, Winter 2012

Special Section: Black HistorySpecial Section: Black History

University faculty members Warren Goldstein and Robert Churchill write about Martin Luther King Jr. and the Underground Railroad, respectively. The Observer digs through the University Archives to find out about campus unrest in the 1960s and 1970s, and more.

The Turning Point King in Birmingham

Even though today we celebrate his birthday as a federal holiday and the nation recently dedicated a massive monument to him between the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials in Washington, D.C., it is worth looking at just
how tenuous King’s grasp on history was back in 1963.

1960s and 1970s: Campus Unrest

Not unlike other colleges and universities across the country in the 1960s and early 1970s, the University of Hartford experienced the political, social, and lifestyle turmoil of the time. On campus, the fledging University was reaching out to prospective students even as enrolled students were protesting against higher tuition rates, the Vietnam War, and other issues.

Passage to Freedom

Most of us learned something about the Underground Railroad in elementary school. Perhaps you know the story of Harriet Tubman, a fugitive slave who returned to the South several times to lead friends, neighbors, and family members to freedom. Perhaps you have heard of a house near you that reputedly features a tunnel used to smuggle fugitive slaves to and fro. But most of the real story of the Underground Railroad is buried in dusty archives or obscured by layers of popular misunderstanding.

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