A Story That Was Too Ugly to Tell

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André da Loba for The Chronicle Review

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André da Loba for The Chronicle Review

In 2003, President Ruth Simmons of Brown University commissioned a report on the institution's historical ties to the slave trade and slavery. The committee published its findings in the report "Slavery and Justice" three years later. News coverage spread the most-sensational findings: Prominent slave traders had shaped the early history of the college in the colonial period, enslaved people had helped build the campus, and some of the first officers and trustees