1867 - John Spencer Bassett is a US historian was born in Tarboro, North Carolina.
1886 - Entered Trinity College (now Duke University) as a junior, graduating with an A.B. in history.
Received a Ph.D in history from Johns Hopkins University, under the direction of Herbert Baxter Adams.
1789-1801 - His writings are The Federalist System, The Life of Andrew Jackson and The Middle Group of American Historians.
1893-1906 - Professor of history at Trinity College (now Duke Univ.).
1903 - Published an article South Atlantic Quarterly entitled "Stirring Up the Fires of Race Antipathy", spoke about improving race relations and gave praise to numerous African Americans.
- Exploded the controversy that became known as the "Bassett Affair" erupted on the Trinity College campus.
1905 - President Theodore Roosevelt commended Trinity and Bassett's courageous stand for academic freedom while speaking to the university.
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