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Overview  |  18th Century  |  19th Century  |  20th Century  |  Credits

Southern History at Yale  |  New Criticism  |  The Ulrich Bonnell Phillips Collection  |  Yale's Changing Face  |  Woodbrige Hall and the White House

The 20th Century: Yale's Changing Face
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Henry Louis Gates
Presently, Professor Gates is Harvard's W.E.B. DuBois Professor of Humanities and the Chairman of the African American Studies Department. While serving as an Assistant Professor of African-American Studies and English at Yale in 1982, he discovered the first book by an African-American woman printed in the United States. Published in Boston in 1859, Our Nig: or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black, in a Two-Story House, North: Showing That Slavery's Shadows Fall Even There, is Harriet E. Wilson's fictionalized account of a black servant abused by her mistress. He was awarded the MacArthur Foundation Prize in 1981, and his latest book, Colored People, has received wide acclaim.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. b. in Piedmont, West Virginia, Professor of English, Class of 1973