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This Week in Princeton History for March 21-27

In this week’s installment of our recurring series, a local editorial argues against suffrage for the emancipated, a Prince initiative gets attention in London, and more.

March 22, 1867—An editorial in the Princeton Standard argues that those formerly enslaved in the South should not be permitted to vote, and instead the South should be put under military rule to avoid a situation in which “black Senators become the peers of white Senators in Congress.” “It matters not that the whites have behaved badly and refused a better policy.”

March 24, 1996—Charles Cox ’97 leads a trip to the Shenandoah mountains in Virginia, away from the local lights, to observe the brightest comet to pass by in a century (the Hyakutake Comet or so-called “Great Comet of 1996”). Predictions say it will not be visible from Earth again for another 9,000 years.

March 25, 1933—London’s Sphere mentions the Daily Princetonian’s 25-cent scrip sales in a report on the American banking crisis.

Daily Princetonian scrip, 1933. Daily Princetonian General Records (AC285), Box 2.

March 27, 1904—A group of students attempt to prank the inhabitants of a dorm room with a dummy made to look like a murdered corpse in one of the residents’ beds, but it quickly gets out of hand when more than 1,000 people come to see the body. The story will end up in the Chicago Tribune.

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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