Brethren by Nature: The Hidden History of Native American Slavery in New England, Author’s Talk by Margaret Ellen Newell

Saturday, October 16

2:00 p.m.

Book Talk

Did you know that the first formal code of slavery in the English colonies came not from Virginia or Barbados but from Massachusetts? Professor Margaret Newell will share her stories of how the English colonists came to enslave Native Americans. She will discuss the wars both within and outside New England that became sites of Indian captivity, and also the use of courts and informal processes to enslave Indians in peacetime. Enslaved Indians were sailors, fishermen, soldiers, caregivers, ironworkers, cooks and agricultural workers.

Beyond creating wealth for colonists Indian slavery shaped New England society in profound ways. Enslavement was an important part of the story of violence, dispossession and cultural pressure that Native New Englanders faced. Indigenous resistance and persistence also affected the experiences of enslaved Africans in New England.

The CAM Book Club will meet via Zoom.  Details will be sent to participants through Eventbrite.

Space is limited; advance registration required. Reserve online or call 978-283-0455 x10 or email info@capeannmuseum.org.

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