I'm delighted to report that Terry Meyers' article, "Thinking About Slavery at William and Mary" is now out in the William and Mary Bill of Rights Law Journal.
While there's been a lot of talk about W&M in the years leading into Civil War and their faculty's writing about the virtues of slavery, Terry goes back to the eighteenth century and shows that the story was much different then. He discusses the anti-slavery ideas in circulation in Williamsburg in the eighteenth century. Every time I look at this history I am reminded of how much things changed from the 1760s to the 1850s, and not for the better.
Terry's article shows once again how important the history of higher education is, how it's all too frequently ignored, and how it can help us understand a lot of what happened beyond the walls of the academy.
You can read all of the articles in the most recent issue of the William and Mary Bill of Rights Law Journal here.