Browse Exhibits (4 total)

Contextualizing the Founders: Knox College, Abolition, and Praxis


Analyzing the abolition of notable men like George Washington Gale, Jonathan Blanchard, William W. Brown and Elijah P. Lovejoy, and how their praxis is at odds with their abolition. 

Written by Matt Lande

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The Influence of Anti-Slavery Pamphlets During The Abolitionist Movement


A deep dive into anti-slavery pamphlets such as The American Anti-Slavery Almanac for 1840, The American Anti-Slavery Almanac for 1841, The Liberty Almanac for 1847, and The Abolitionist. The analysis of these pamphlets connects the abolitionist movement with religious motivations, white savior efforts, and the unsafe climate of Illinois at the time that Knox and Galesburg were founded. Written by Isabel Oliver

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The Success of a Failed Institution: The Differences Between Knox College and Oneida Institute

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A comparison between the two abolitionist colleges founded by George Washington. The similarities and differences between how Knox College and Oneida Institute were planned, structured, and ran, and how they ended up.

Written by Xander Robins

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Writing, Land, and the Founders: How Galesburg and Knox Mythologized their Origins


The founding of Galesburg and Knox College are intertwined, and so are the mythologization of each. From how the land was viewed and seen by the founders, to how later historians wrote about the founders, the history of Knox and Galesburg isn't as clear cut and admirable as many have made it seem. Written by Abigail King

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