Date: February 5, 2020
Time: 6:30pm social hour; 7:30 pm lecture
Place: Hingham Heritage Museum, 34 Main Street, Hingham
Cost: $20 ($35 incl. book)
Sponsored by the Hingham Historical Society and the Abigail Adams Historical Society
Tickets and More Information Here
Shortly after the first Europeans arrived in 17th-century New England, they began to enslave the area’s indigenous peoples and import kidnapped Africans. By the eve of the American Revolution, enslaved people comprised only about 4% of the population, but slavery had become instrumental to the region’s economy and had shaped its cultural traditions. Slavery existed in Hingham and its neighboring towns. In this concise yet comprehensive history, historian Jared Ross Hardesty focuses on the individual stories of enslaved people in New England, bringing their experiences to life. He also explores 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. Dr. Jared Hardesty is an Associate Professor of History at Western Washington University. He is the author of Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth-Century Boston. Copies of Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds will be available for purchase and signing at the event.