Brown University Ties with Slavery

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When someone is asked, “What do you know about Brown University?” they think of a private Ivy League university in the city of Providence, RI with a very advanced curriculum. However, do they most people know about Brown’s ties to slavery and how it has given back to the state of Rhode Island in the form of reparation towards all the harsh treatment African American slaves endured due to the founder John Brown?

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Melinda BulginMs. DillonEnglish IV EEP28 March 2008Brown University Ties with SlaveryWhen someone is asked, "What do you know about Brown University?" they think of a private Ivy League university in the city of Providence, RI with a very advanced curriculum. However, do they most people know about Brown's ties to slavery and how it has given back to the state of Rhode Island in the form of reparation towards all the harsh treatment African American slaves endured due to the founder John Brown?Brown University was founded in 1764 by John Brown along with the co - founders who were his brothers Nicholas, Joseph and Moses Brown. John Brown was a very successful merchant who was very active in the slave trade. He owned slaves and reaped benefits from doing so even though he wasn't really supported by his brothers named Moses, who was an abolitionist (Cole).Due to the Brown fam

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