Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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The poem "John Brown's Body" was written by Stephen Vincent Benet in 1928 and is described in a book review by a Richmond College student. John Brown was an abolitionist who eventually was hanged for his assistance in freeing slaves and especially…

This essay by then-editor-in-chief Louise Dinwiddie, analyzes the 1929 poem "The Chinese Nightingale" by white American writer Vachel Lindsay. The poem mentions many facets of Chinese culture and, as Dinwiddie recognizes, asserts that culture is…

A short poem written by Alice Richardson that describes the decoration adorning a Chinese vase, specifically the serpent dragon. Richardson notes that serpents play a positive role in Chinese culture history that is betrayed on the Chinese vase, as…

A poem, "I Am the Lawyer written by Louis Lande, from New York City. Louis Lande was not a student of Richmond College, but his poem was reprinted from the New York Law Journal, Wednesday, May 28, 1930 and was included in The 1931 Web. Lande was a…

A yearbook page that includes a poem for John Johnson, the head of the janitorial staff at the University for 39 years. John Johnson was a beloved member of the University and was the oldest member of the community in terms of years of service. The…

These five poems are titled "Adaptations From the Chinese." It's unclear if these poems have any significant meanings behind them, but the tone of each of these poems appears to be negative. In "The Flowerless Garden" there is only a shadow and no…

This poem describes a foreign slave auction from two perspectives. The first is of someone excited by the atmosphere who describes the actions of participating "Arabs" and Africans in detail, also using the exclamation "Allah!" at some points. This…

The title of this poem uses a derogatory racial slur to describe its main character. The narrator of this poem relays the time he saw a black man in heaven. This black man is dressed in "crimson satin things" with "golden teeth" and with "jeweled…

This poem is titled with a racial slur to elaborate that it not only depicts slavery, but also speaks for black people generally. The poem is a description of enslaved blacks which calls them a "dead race." In discussing slavery, it contrasts their…

This poem by Chack Kwong Wong describes the poet's longing for home and feeling “alone in this foreign land.” Wong was native to Canton, China.
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