Saturday, August 14, 2021


TL;DR -- We provide some bibliographic links to material dealing with slavery in the U.S., principally that portion we know as New England. This is brief and notes that there was slavery in New England north as well as in the south, albeit the characterization did differ by region. 


This is a list of pages that deal with slavery in New England. They are not in any order, yet, and are mainly to show that we will be addressing the subject on a regular basis (across the whole of the U.S. as we deal with New Spain and New France, too. Plus, the Native American experiences will be included. 

Slavery in New England - Oxford (22 Apr 2020) - This is a bibliographical entry. The differences between north and south New England are noted. So, too, there are numbers provided. And, things changed as there were relatively few slave events in the early times. To wit, Sewall's antislavery tract in 1700. By the time of the revolution, the numbers of slaves had grown. 

The Changing Nature of Indian Slavery in New England, 1670–1720 - Colonial Society of Massachusetts - Chapter from Volume 71: Reinterpreting New England Indians and the Colonial Experience.  

 Slavery and the Slave Trade in Colonial New England - Deerfield museum (J. P. Melish) - Early view. We ran into Deerfield twice. It's mid-state in MA. Recently, it was about the war of words over the Spanish War. Earlier, it was the western traveler, Judge Thompson. 

How the Slave Trade Took Root in New England - New England Historical Society - Gives a timeline and names names. So, Rhode Island was the closest to the plantation mindset. ... Too many ads on the page. 

New England Colonies' Use of Slavery - National Geographic (13 Jan 2020) - The notion of indentured servant was more prominent in the Northern part of New England. Lots of people have that experience noted in their New England heritage. 

Slaves in New England - Medford Historical Society & Museum - Medford is a suburb of Boston MA. The author notes that in Southern and Northern New England, slave 'hours of labor' were estimated to be over 222.5M.  

Slavery in Colonial New England - Arlington Historical Society - Arlington is near Medford. Most data seems to be from the 1700s, especially near to the Revolution. Gives some example records that suggest a household with a slave. 

First Slaves Arrive in Massachusettss - MassMoments by Mass Humanities - Gives 26 Feb 1638 for when Massachusetts saw its first slave. Mass Bay Colony made slavery legal in 1641. Records show that American Indians were enslaved locally and remotely by shipment to the south. Noted that slave ownership was a coastal affair. Faded out with the Revolution.

Online Resources: Slavery and Freedom in New England - Yale - Bibliographic pointers to other resources. 

Online Resources: Slavery and Freedom in New England 

Besides a reorder, we will theme'ize the information. As far as we know, no one in the direct line was an owner of a human. There are Quakers and others. And, there was a strong Yankee focus, as we see with Massachusetts, in general (see Lawrence, KS post - New England's long reach - and a whole lot more). 

Remarks: Modified: 09/01/2021

08/17/2021 -- Added the TL;DR. 

09/01/2021 -- Added image for portal. 

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