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For Adam's sake : a family saga in colonial New England

Author: Allegra Di Bonaventura
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, A Division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Uses the diary of an American colonial in pre-Revolutionary New England to discuss slavery, the family, and everyday life of the time period.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Church history
History
NonFiction
Historical
Sociological
Named Person: Joshua Hempstead; Adam Jackson; Joshua Hempstead; Adam Jackson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Allegra Di Bonaventura
ISBN: 9780871404305 0871404303 9780871407764 0871407760
OCLC Number: 783163420
Description: xviii, 441 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: "As in the Beginning of the World" --
The Rogerenes --
"Fore-runners of evil" --
"Brought up in learning" --
"Fornication among you" --
"One flesh" --
"She was taken away from me wrongfully" --
"The ways of providence" --
A Higher Court --
"A pestilence into that land" --
"Adam is come" --
Bream Cove and beyond --
"Their children's children" --
"Adam worked all day" --
"The wonderful work of God."
Responsibility: Allegra di Bonaventura.

Abstract:

Uses the diary of an American colonial in pre-Revolutionary New England to discuss slavery, the family, and everyday life of the time period.

In the tradition of Laurel Thatcher Ulrich s classic, A Midwife s Tale, comes this groundbreaking narrative by one of America s most promising colonial historians. Joshua Hempstead was a well-respected farmer and tradesman in New London, Connecticut. As his remarkable diary kept from 1711 until 1758 reveals, he was also a slave owner who owned Adam Jackson for over thirty years. In this engrossing narrative of family life and the slave experience in the colonial North, Allegra di Bonaventura describes the complexity of this master/slave relationship and traces the intertwining stories of two families until the eve of the Revolution. Slavery is often left out of our collective memory of New England s history, but it was hugely impactful on the central unit of colonial life: the family. In every corner, the lines between slavery and freedom were blurred as families across the social spectrum fought to survive. In this enlightening study, a new portrait of an era emerges." -- Publisher description

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