Historic Boston is delighted to announce our 2023 fall lecture series, Enslavement & Resistance: New England 1620-1760, exploring one of today’s most hotly debated historical topics.
Every two weeks from October 18 to December 6, in five eye-opening presentations, our fantastic line-up of speakers offers you an in-depth and nuanced understanding of New England enslavement, starting with its origins in war, its contribution to New England’s wealth and power, and its spread to the heart of Massachusetts society, its churches.
It’s hard to image that you’ll ever have a better group of speakers or chance to understand this critical part of our history. Have a look at the line-up, and you’ll want to sign up now.
Built from Bondage: Slavery and the Colonization of New England, 1620-1700
Online, Wednesday, October 18, 7-8:30pm
MARGARET NEWELL with JOSHUA CARTER AND MICHAEL THOMAS
Origin Stories: The Pequot War and Indigenous Enslavement in New England
Boston Public Library and live-streamed, Wednesday, November 1, 6-7:30pm
LINFORD FISHER, CHERYLL TONEY HOLLY, ALEXIS MOREIS, AND
Stolen Relations: Centuries of Native Enslavement in the Americas
Boston Public Library and live-streamed, Wednesday, November 15, 6-7:30pm
Enslaved Christians: Black Church Members in the Era of Cotton Mather
Online, Thursday, November 30, 7-8:30pm
AABID ALLIBHAI, REV. MARY MARGARET EARL AND BYRON RUSHING
Race and Slavery at First Church in Roxbury
Online, Wednesday, December 6, 7-8:30pm
The very word “slavery” takes us into current battles over history. Did slavery teach enslaved people new skills, as the new Florida school curriculum asserts? Or is the story both far more brutal and nuanced, with enslaved people at its center? How should history be taught, remembered, investigated and thought about? Enslavement & Resistance: New England 1629-1760 considers these questions.
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Image: Earnest Hamlin Baker, “South County Life in the Days of the Narragansett Planters,” a WPA mural in the Wakefield, Rhode Island, post office, ca.1939/40. Smithsonian American Art Museum. Wikimedia Commons.