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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ISBN-10:
069113152X
ISBN-13:
9780691131528
Pub. Date:
12/28/2009
Publisher:
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: 9780691131528
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 12/28/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Letter from Antigua....................xi
1 The Land....................3
2 Ten Hills Farm....................21
3 Possession....................36
4 The King's Forester....................53
5 Favors to the Few....................62
6 Happy Instruments to Enlarge Our Dominions....................80
7 Slavers of the North....................97
8 Come Up in the Night with Them....................102
9 You May Own Negroes and Negresses....................116
10 Antigua....................125
11 Crime, Punishment, and Compensation....................145
12 Homecoming....................156
13 The Benefactor....................167
14 Luxury on the Grandest Scale....................183
15 We Shall Not Be Slaves....................197
16 Within the Bowels of a Free Country....................206
17 Death Is Not the Worst of Evils....................215
18 Reparations....................228
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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