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.

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