New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America

New England Bound Slavery and Colonization in Early America The most important work on seventeenth century New England in a generation In the tradition of Edmund S Morgan whose American Slavery American Freedom revolutionized colonial history a new generati

  • Title: New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America
  • Author: WendyWarren
  • ISBN: 9780871406729
  • Page: 435
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The most important work on seventeenth century New England in a generation.In the tradition of Edmund S Morgan, whose American Slavery, American Freedom revolutionized colonial history, a new generation of historians is fundamentally rewriting America s beginnings Nowhere is this evident than in Wendy Warren s explosive New England Bound, which reclaims the lives ofThe most important work on seventeenth century New England in a generation.In the tradition of Edmund S Morgan, whose American Slavery, American Freedom revolutionized colonial history, a new generation of historians is fundamentally rewriting America s beginnings Nowhere is this evident than in Wendy Warren s explosive New England Bound, which reclaims the lives of so many long forgotten enslaved Africans and Native Americans in the seventeenth century Based on new evidence, Warren links the growth of the northern colonies to the Atlantic slave trade, demonstrating how New England s economy derived its vitality from the profusion of slave trading ships coursing through its ports Warren documents how Indians were systematically sold into slavery in the West Indies and reveals how colonial families like the Winthrops were motivated not only by religious freedom but also by their slave trading investments New England Bound punctures the myth of a shining City on a Hill, forcefully demonstrating that the history of American slavery can no longer confine itself to the nineteenth century South.

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    1. Fascinating book and at the same time frustrating because so little is known of the "little people" whose names are mentioned. I was fortunate in that she writes several pages about a slave of one of my ancestors, Henry Bartholomew. The enslaved man, John, committed suicide and thus warrants attention yet so little is know about him, his original name, where he originated, how he came to be enslaved, what prompted his suicide, and what benefits did he hope to gain through suicide. Ms Warren can' [...]

    2. This text sheds a lot of light on the early history of slavery in the United States, particularly that in the area described by the title, though by necessity the author spends a due amount of time discussing the nature of the slave trade in the rest of the "New World" (a term that really should always be presented with quotes) for context. She gives a good amount of attention to the enslavement of native peoples as well as the importation of Africans, a much overlooked aspect of the slavery sys [...]

    3. This meticulously researched work resituates slavery back into 17th-century New England, starting with the early New England settlement and commerce, including the Winthrops and Samuel Maverick. According to Warren, " there has remained something exceptional in both the popular and the scholarly understanding of early colonial New England, an exceptional absence. Put plainly, it is this: the tragedy of chattel slavery - inheritable, permanent, and commodified bondage - the problem that dominates [...]

    4. Wendy Warren's New England Bound is a delight - a warmly written, intensely thoughtful, and radically insightful look into the slavery that bound New England to the rest of the Atlantic World. Warren casts her net widely. She not only examines the structures and lived experiences of African enslaved persons, but Indian enslaved persons, too, and refutes the idea that New England was not a slave society by demonstrating how embedded it was in making slavery possible in the Caribbean.Warren also b [...]

    5. I thought it was good and well written but not sure it was all I thought it would be. Certainly good and worth the read because it's hard to find a true and honest representation of the slave trade. I feel like everything academic on the slave trade tries to paint certain pictures and doesn't get into the facts that much. This book sticks to facts within an anecdotal writing style.

    6. Really interesting and insightful book about slavery in New England. Warren lets everyone involved--white New Englanders, enslaved Africans, and Native Americans --speak for themselves, as far as she is able, and in doing so, drives home their humanity (for better, or for worse).

    7. Tons of information based on documentation. It changed my whole perspective on slavery around the world and in particular early America.

    8. Most Americans know about slavery on southern plantations, and about New England's role in achieving abolition. As school kids, most Americans learned about the horrors of plantation slavery, and were taught to take pride in the wisdom and perseverance of  the Northern states as leaders of the abolition movement. What we weren't taught anything about was the institution of slavery in New England, where many Native Americans and the first Africans were enslaved within a decade of the founding of [...]

    9. And it’s got a pun in the title! A not very funny pun. Hrm, a slavery pun does feel a little gross.Anyway, this was a finalist for the Pulitizer this year and so my local library picked up a copy and put it on Overdrive. It was a relatively short listen (read) and offers a sober, straight-forward assessment of New England colonies’ role in the slave trade. One of my favorite books ever is Changes in the Land by William Cronin, which details the New England colonies’ role in deforestation a [...]

    10. Public library copy (my own library!) Studying New England history, stumbled upon the fact that there is a history of slavery in New England, and thus found this book which was published this year. What I didn't realize is that this book is about the English colonies, not the early American New England.This author did a lot of work in writing this book. The first thing that jumped out at me was her incorrect use of 'a' instead of 'an' before words starting with a vowel sound. This is a scholarly [...]

    11. I am at a loss as to what the original argument of this book is. From what I can tell, Warren's thesis is that slavery existed in colonial New England, and that New Englanders were intimately connected to slavery economically. For some readers, this may upend stereotypes of slavery being a southern US institution. However, for those aware of the historiography, such an argument is hardly novel. Lorenzo Greene's Negro in Colonial New England (1942), William Pierson's Black Yankees (1988), and Joa [...]

    12. Review of: New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America, by Wendy Warrenby Stan Prager (6-26-16)Early on in New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America, a telling story is related that dates back to 1638, not even two decades removed from the Mayflower, of an English colonist near Boston who owned three enslaved Africans – two women and one man – that he sought to turn into breeding stock. When one of the females refused, he ordered the male slave to rape her [...]

    13. This is a history of New England, and as such it was unfamiliar to me, barring typical images of pilgrims at Thanksgiving. (The myth of settlers and natives sitting down and eating together in harmony seems to be a carefully crafted fiction that belies the actual truth of colonization, where natives were "removed" and sent to the West Indies as slaves, then "replaced" by African slaves who helped with the work of colonization: mainly contributing to the running of households, but also labouring [...]

    14. I really really enjoyed this--it was concise and not boring, it created empathy and space for all kinds of experiences, and it's a trade history publication that talks directly about settler colonialism! I could see this being really incredibly useful in undergraduate courses or even just to start conversations with folks outside the academy (it could be a really excellent book club book, for example!) Obviously there are limitations to its scope, and I've read reviews about sourcing she doesn't [...]

    15. The subject matter is interesting, but the approach of this book felt more like an extended reading of snippets of documents and the like-- an anthropological collection in a sense. I was hoping for more substance overall, but still got through it out of general curiosity as it is a part of "New World" slavery not much discussed in US History. Annoying audio actor choice-- hard to listen to, but doing this as an audiobook better guaranteed I'd get through the content than reading an e-book or pa [...]

    16. So you think you know about slavery in the United States? Think again. If you grew up in New England and thought that slavery was only about plantations in southern states you sorely are mistaken. A good overview on how slavery in and connected to the northern states affected the economy and life of early colonial inhabitants. Of great interest is the focus on Native American slaves and how they were used as a trade "item". Highly recommended for anyone who wishes to understand the slave trade o [...]

    17. Really nicely done, a painstakingly researched account of slavery in the northern New England colonies of the 1600s. Warren deftly does away with the myth that slavery was a "southern thing" and illustrates just how deeply slavery was tied to the lives and livelihood of New Englanders who would decry sins from the pulpit but had no problem keeping other human beings in bondage.Excellent read. Recommended.

    18. An excellent book about how intertwined New England was with the economy and thus slavery in the Carribbean. I knew at least one of my ancestors was a slaver owner in Boston in the 1720/30's. I knew the sea captains went back and forth to Barbadoes and Antigua. But somehow I was in denial about slavery in New England. This book opened my eyes.

    19. Excellent account of how New England really viewed and partook of slavery. Also brings out both indigenous peoples and African peoples were both slaves. Although it was hard to grasp some of the content, particularly the cruelties of the "masters" towards their enslaved peoples it is a must read for those of us who are interested in the subject. Very good book.

    20. Very good look at New England colonization and complicity in the Atlantic slave trade, with special attention paid to the Winthrop and Pynchon(!) families.

    21. I got this book from fist reads. It was a bit odd - some things about early US slavery practices were covered in immense detail while others were barely a blip on the radar. It appeared to synthesize a lot of other works well and always tried to reframe the slavery story from a beginning point and not the well defined institution that comes to mind when thinking about slavery in the US.

    22. Warren's book on Colonial New England chattel slavery stands alone in my mind, the only book I've discovered that brings such well-researched attention to the slavery that existed in New England. Growing up in the "North" we are regaled with stories of how the "South" had slaves and the North fought against it. Warren does a wonderful job of reminding us that this is simply not true. Slavery existed in New England in many forms (Africans, Native Americans, and European indentured servants) and s [...]

    23. Beautifully annotated, this book explores slavery in New England in 1600's. Warren takes a complicated subject ,slavery, and uses true cases to explain the interweaving of famous colonists families and views of slavery. Never thought of the early New Englanders as big part of the Atlantic slave trade. Interesting read.

    24. Where Warren excels is putting a spotlight on the moral calculus required to keep others oppressed and in bondage and how the vastly different world view of the Puritan colonists enabled them to justify their actions. Individual lives plucked from the historical record illuminate the daily choices made to navigate and sustain a world of slavery. It does not present a chronological historical narrative, instead it is a moral narrative of those decisions and justifications. Many books have been wr [...]

    25. This took a while but was worth it. Because New England was a hotbed of abolition in the build up to the Civil War, its own history of slavery has been forgotten. This book brings it back.

    26. A fascinating look at the racial understory of the Puritans and their complicity in the development of slavery in North America. Warren presents such specific, individual cases--names and dates and circumstances--that the story of slavery in 17th century New England became very personal and intimate, and all the more devastating, for me. The chapter on Samuel Sewall, a prominent figure in the Salem witch trials of 1692, is especially good. My only complaint is that she doesn't address the captiv [...]

    27. Ugh. I was so looking forward to this book after hearing about it on Fresh Air, but honestly, it's just an unending series of anecdotes. No cohesion at all, no larger picture (or what there is is just addressed glancingly). Very disappointing, especially because all of the stories kind of blend into one narrative.

    28. Very well researched and written. Accessible rather than academic. Almost too much information in some areas, yet because of the age of the records a lot must still be imputed. It should be required reading.

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