Brethren by Nature: The Hidden History of Native American Slavery in New England, Author’s Talk by Margaret Ellen Newell
Saturday, October 16
Did you know that the first formal code of slavery in the English colonies came not from Virginia or Barbados but from Massachusetts? Professor Margaret Newell will share her stories of how the English colonists came to enslave Native Americans. She will discuss the wars both within and outside New England that became sites of Indian captivity, and also the use of courts and informal processes to enslave Indians in peacetime. Enslaved Indians were sailors, fishermen, soldiers, caregivers, ironworkers, cooks and agricultural workers.
Beyond creating wealth for colonists Indian slavery shaped New England society in profound ways. Enslavement was an important part of the story of violence, dispossession and cultural pressure that Native New Englanders faced. Indigenous resistance and persistence also affected the experiences of enslaved Africans in New England.
The CAM Book Club will meet via Zoom. Details will be sent to participants through Eventbrite.
This event is presented as part of the Cape Ann Museum 400+ Series, a living history of Gloucester leading up to the 400th anniversary of the arrival of English colonizers in 1623.
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