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Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: Slavery in New England
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 @ 7:30 pmFree
The Royall House & Slave Quarters welcomes back historian Jared Ross Hardesty for a second talk about his new book, “Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: A History of Slavery in New England.”
Shortly after the first Europeans arrived in 17th-century New England, they began to import Africans and capture the area’s indigenous peoples as slaves. By the eve of the American Revolution, enslaved people comprised only about 4 percent of the population, but slavery had become instrumental to the region’s economy and had shaped its cultural traditions. This story of slavery in New England has been little told.
In a concise yet comprehensive history, Hardesty focuses on the individual stories of enslaved people, bringing their experiences to life. He also explores larger issues such as the importance of slavery to the colonization of the region and to agriculture and industry, New England’s deep connections to Caribbean plantation societies, and the significance of emancipation movements in the era of the American Revolution.
Admission is free, but preregistration through Eventbrite is encouraged (ASEAN Auditorium capacity is 270). ASEAN Auditorium is inside the Cabot Center (The Fletcher School) at 170 Packard Avenue on the Tufts University campus.