Flags of Our Fathers

By William Sweet


Robert Romer ’52 knows what an odd thing it is to be a historian. It may lead you to stroll in a cemetery, looking for people you never knew, as if they were old friends. In Romer’s case, a cemetery stroll inspired him to correct an inadvertent slight against some black soldiers from the Town of Amherst who fought in the Civil War.

Honoring Black Union Soldiers

Robert Romer, professor emeritus in physics at Amherst College, and historian of the town of Amherst, spoke with local newspapers about his efforts to honor the contributions of black soldiers who fought for the Union during the Civil War. On Sept. 18, a ceremony at Amherst’s West Cemetery recognized members of the Massachusetts 5th Cavalry, the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, and Genalvin Marse, a member of the Connecticut 29th Colored Infantry whose gravestone was erected by "the boys of Chi Psi" at Amherst College.

The Untold Story of Newport House

A dorm named for descendants of a slave who sued for his freedom

By Robert H. Romer ’52

Glass Houses

For many in the Bay State, slavery was not a moral issue—it was an accounting problem. Slavery in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts, by Professor Emeritus of Physics Robert Romer ’52 (Levellers Press)

Reviewed by Robert E. Weir

Amherst College’s Frost Library to Host Book Launch of Emeritus Physics Prof’s New Book Sept. 18

September 10, 2009                   

AMHERST, Mass.—Amherst College’s Frost Library will host a book launch of emeritus physics professor Robert Romer’s Slavery in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts ($22.50, Levellers Press, 2009) in the Friendly Periodicals room on the main floor of the building at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18.