Authors & Publisher
by the authors
The research and writing
of this essay has from the start been a collective project.
Put three academics, trained
in three different fields, together on a single project, and you will
get five different approaches. We have nonetheless managed to work together,
pooling our experience and our vision, driven by our shared commitment
to making sure the truth sees the light of day. We may not all agree
upon the phrasing of each sentence (academics never do), but we do all
stand behind the results of this research.
Thanks go especially to
the Federation of Hospital and University Employees. Our gratitude extends
in particular to HERE Local 34 and GESO (the Graduate Employees and
Students Organization), for encouraging people active in the unions
to spend valuable time researching this topic. David Sanders, a Ph.D.
candidate in Yale's history department and a GESO leader, helped usher
this essay through to completion with invaluable comments and guidance.
Thanks also to the staff
of the Connecticut State Archives, of the New Haven Colony Historical
Society, of the New Haven Public Library, of Yale's Beinecke Rare Book
Library, and of Yale's Manuscripts and Archives collection in Sterling
Library. Their helpfulness smoothed the way for this project to appear.
Earlier drafts of this essay
have been read and re-read by many different people, coming from many
different perspectives. In addition to many members of the Federation,
thanks go out to Al Marder (President of the Amistad Committee), Dr.
Gerald Horne (University of North Carolina), Dr. Howard Jones (University
of Alabama), Dr. Clifton Johnson (Tulane University), Dr. Diana Paton
(University of Newcastle), Prof. Lori Brooks (Berea College), Dr. Robert
Johnston (Yale) and Dr. Hazel Carby (Yale).
Thanks to Virginia Blaisdell
for designing this website: www.yaleslavery.org.
Its accessibility promises to translate our findings into the realm
of public history. Some material will appear on this website that did
not appear in this essay.