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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Is Knox Actually Abolitionist?: Questioning the Validity of Knox’s Anti-Slavery Legacy Through Knox Publications


An investigation into Knox's abolitionist legacy using Knox publications. How much did Knox do for abolition? Did Knox promote abolition among the students? Where did Knox get the reputation as an abolitionist college? Are all questions answered in Is Knox Actually Abolitionist?: Questioning the Validity of Knox's Anti-Slavery Legacy. Content warning for racist images.

Written by Allie Konopelski

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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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