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New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America
April 19, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Historian Wendy Warren’s "New England Bound" reclaims the lives of long-forgotten enslaved Africans and Native Americans in the seventeenth century. Based on new evidence, Warren's book 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.”
Assistant professor of history at Princeton University, Wendy Warren specializes in the history of colonial North America, and the early modern Atlantic World. She is particularly interested in the day-to-day practice of colonization, and in the negotiations and conflicts that exist between would-be rulers and the unruly. Professor Warren received her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in history from Yale University.
Copies of "New England Bound" will be available for purchase and signing at the event.