Ten Hills Farm: The Forgotten History of Slavery in the North

Ten Hills Farm: The Forgotten History of Slavery in the North

by C. S. Manegold
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0691150354
ISBN-13:
9780691150352
Pub. Date:
02/28/2011
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Princeton University Press
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Ten Hills Farm: The Forgotten History of Slavery in the North

Ten Hills Farm tells the powerful saga of five generations of slave owners in colonial New England. Settled in 1630 by John Winthrop—who would later become governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony—Ten Hills Farm was a six-hundred-acre estate just north of Boston. 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. In this mesmerizing narrative, C. S. Manegold exposes how the fates of the land and the families that lived on it were bound to America's most tragic and tainted legacy. 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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691150352
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Letter from Antigua xi

PART I: The Puritan

Chapter 1: The Land 3

Chapter 2: Ten Hills Farm 21

Chapter 3: Possession 36

PART II: The Immigrant

Chapter 4: The King's Forester 53

Chapter 5: Favors to the Few 62

Chapter 6: Happy Instruments to Enlarge Our Dominions 80

Chapter 7: Slavers of the North 97

Chapter 8: Come Up in the Night with Them 102

Chapter 9: You May Own Negroes and Negresses 116

PART III: The Master

Chapter 10: Antigua 125

Chapter 11: Crime, Punishment, and Compensation 145

Chapter 12: Homecoming 156

Chapter 13: The Benefactor 167

Chapter 14: Luxury on the Grandest Scale 183

PART IV: The Petitioner

Chapter 15: We Shall Not Be Slaves 197

Chapter 16: Within the Bowels of a Free Country 206

Chapter 17: Death Is Not the Worst of Evils 215

Chapter 18: Reparations 228

PART V: The Legacy

Chapter 19: City upon a Hill 239

Afterword Letter from Antigua, Easter Monday, 2008 257

Note to Readers 267

Notes on Sources 271

Acknowledgments 305

List of Illustrations 309

Index 311

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Ten Hills Farm: The Forgotten History of Slavery in the North 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The title of the book that includes 'The Forgotten History of Slavery in the North' is very misleading as there is little about northern slavery inside. This is an interesting account of the Winthrop and Royall families and the initial colonization of New England but nothing new, especially in Indian and African slavery. In fact, those topics are barely skimmed until the last chapter. Disappointing.
HistoryTeacherMA More than 1 year ago
Simply put, DON'T MISS THIS GREAT BOOK. If you love history, especially if you live in the BOSTON area, this book if for you. It's incredibly enlightening. I went to a BOOK SIGNING out in the Wrentham and met the author. She's amazing. Very sharp gal. I could go on and on, but who has the time? It's the best book I've read in years. You won't be sorry you picked this one up!!!
ian2003 More than 1 year ago
This book is an incredible read and leaves you wondering why we never learned this before!
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