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Ten Hills Farm : the forgotten history of slavery in the North / C.S. Manegold.

Author/creator Manegold, C. S. (Catherine S.), 1955-
Other author/creatorManegold, C. S. (Catherine S.), 1955- inscriber.
Other author/creatorRoberts, Gene, former owner.
Format Book and Print
Publication InfoPrinceton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2010.
Descriptionxv, 317 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents pt. 1. The Puritan -- The land -- Ten Hills Farm -- Possession -- pt. 2. The immigrant -- The king's forester -- Favors to the few -- Happy instruments to enlarge our dominions -- Slavers of the North -- Come up in the night with them -- You may own negroes and negresses -- pt. 3. The master -- Antigua -- Crime, punishment, and compensation -- Homecoming -- The benefactor -- Luxury on the grandest scale -- pt. 4. The petitioner -- We shall not be slaves -- Within the bowels of a free country -- Death is not the worst of evils -- Reparations -- pt. 5. The legacy -- City upon a hill -- Afterword : Letter from Antigua, Easter Monday, 2008.
Subject "Ten Hills Farm tells the powerful saga of five generations of slave owners in colonial New England. Settled in 1630 by John Winthrop, governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Ten Hills Farm, a six-hundred-acre estate just north of Boston, passed from the Winthrops to the Ushers, to the Royalls--all prominent dynasties tied to the Native American and Atlantic slave trades. In this mesmerizing narrative, C.S. Manegold exposes how the fortunes of these families--and the fate of Ten Hills Farm--were bound to America's most tragic and tainted legacy. Manegold follows the compelling tale from the early seventeenth to the early twenty-first century, from New England, through the South, to the sprawling slave plantations of the Caribbean. John Winthrop, famous for envisioning his 'city on the hill' and lauded as a paragon of justice, owned slaves on that ground and passed the first law in North America condoning slavery. Each successive owner of Ten Hills Farm--from John Usher, who was born into money, to Isaac Royall, who began as a humble carpenter's son and made his fortune in Antigua--would depend upon slavery's profits until the 1780s, when Massachusetts abolished the practice. In time, the land became a city, its questionable past discreetly buried, until now. Challenging received ideas about America and the Atlantic world, Ten Hills Farm digs deep to bring the story of slavery in the North full circle--from concealment to recovery."--Publisher's website.
Local noteJoyner Rare copy includes inscription from author to Gene [Roberts] on front fly leaf and signature by author on title page.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (p. [271]-304) and index.
Acquisitions source Joyner Rare copy gift of Gene and Susan Roberts, 2016.
LCCN 2009030875
ISBN9780691131528 (hardcover : alk. paper)
ISBN069113152X (hardcover : alk. paper)

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