New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America

Wendy Warren (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$29.95
Publisher
Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
June 07, 2016
Pages
368
Dimensions
6.1 X 1.3 X 9.3 inches | 1.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780871406729

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About the Author

Wendy Warren received her PhD in history from Yale University and is currently an assistant professor in the Department of History at Princeton University. She lives in New Jersey.

Reviews

A beautifully written, humane and finely researched work that makes clear how closely intermingled varieties of slavery and New England colonization were from the very start. With great skill, Warren does full justice to the ideas of the individuals involved, as well as to the political and economic imperatives that drove some, and that trapped and gravely damaged others.--Linda Colley, author of Captives: Britain, Empire, and the World, 1600-1850
With intrepid research and stunning narrative skill, Wendy Warren demonstrates how much seventeenth-century New England societies were dependent on the West Indian slave trade, and especially on the labor, bodies, and lives of black slaves. Warren has turned the prophetic lessons of Ecclesiastes back upon the Puritan fathers with scholarly judgment, humanizing both them and the people they enslaved. This book is an original achievement, the kind of history that chastens our historical memory as it makes us wiser.--David W. Blight, Yale University, author of Race and Reunion
A bracing and fearless inquiry into the intricate web of slavery and empire into which all New Englanders were bound. Ardently argued, and urgently necessary.--Jill Lepore, author of New York Burning
Whereas most studies of slavery in the United States concern the antebellum South, this one stakes out less visited territory--the laws and decisions made by the colonists in New England two centuries earlier.
[Warren] widens the lens to show the early New England economy was enmeshed in the seafaring trade that developed between four Atlantic continents for the transport, clothing, and feeding of African captives. The region's early growth and prosperity, Warren shows, sprang from that tainted commerce. . . . Southerners resentful of Northerners' condescension about the slaveholding past may find some comfort in these pages. In them should be some Northern discomfort too.--Kenneth J. Cooper
A major contribution to the history of enslavement, of African Americans, of early New England society, and--most important--of the sinews and tissues at the center of the whole complex process we call 'colonization.' The research that supports it is ingenious, the argument compelling, the prose lucid and graceful.--John Demos, author of The Heathen School