For Adam's sake : a family saga in colonial New England /
Allegra di Bonaventura.
1st Edition.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, A Division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2013], c2013
xviii, 441 p.
0871404303 (hardcover), 9780871404305 (hardcover)
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New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, A Division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2013], c2013
0871404303 (hardcover)
9780871404305 (hardcover)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 399-416) and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2013-03-15:
Di Bonaventura (assistant dean, Yale Graduate Sch. of Arts & Sciences) adds to the existing scholarship on slavery in the American Northeast. Originally focused on the diary of Joshua Hempstead, a Connecticut shipwright, her book morphed into a larger work on family and slavery after di Bonaventura discovered Hempstead owned a slave, Adam Jackson. The author provides historical background and traces three generations of families: Hempsteads, Rogers, Livingstons, Winthrops, and Jacksons. The book is not a story of slavery itself but of the individuals and families involved in it. Because Adam once belonged to a line of the litigious Rogers family, more is known of him and his life, by means of extant court records, than is known of most other slaves of the time. But even with the court records, evidence of Jackson's day-to-day life is scant, and the narrative focuses mostly on his master, Joshua Hempstead. VERDICT With its tangential stories and mix of characters, the narrative can be confusing at times, but the book is ambitious and reflects a trend of examining the individual in slavery. Recommended for anyone interested in the New England dimensions of slavery or in Colonial American history.-Jason Martin, Stetson Univ. Lib., DeLand, FL (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2013-02-11:
When the subject of slavery arises, colonial New England rarely comes to mind, but di Bonaventura, the assistant dean at the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, shows in this gripping dual biography that the institution has a rich history in the region. Di Bonaventura details New London, Conn., shipwright Joshua Hempstead's (1678-1758) apprenticeship and marriage, and the early years of his career as he set up shop and put down roots. The account draws from the shipwright's near-daily diary entries. Meanwhile nearby, Adam Jackson grows up a slave under the Foxes, where in addition to working on the family farm six days a week, he is exposed to religious teachings and sobering reminders of the discrepancy between slaves and free men. After Hempstead's wife dies, the patriarch is forced to work tirelessly to raise his children and maintain his household. But a break comes when his role as executor of the Fox estate allows him to purchase Jackson. Hempstead, whom townsfolk regard as a "fair and honest" man, portrays his new servant as hardworking and constant, and their relationship-as rendered in writing by the master's own hand-sheds light on both men, their town, and their moment in history. But despite Hempstead's respect for Jackson, di Bonaventura insists that the former's diary is still primarily "a chronicle of Adam's objectification." 20 illus. Agent: Elyse Cheney, Elyse Cheney Literary Associates. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Main Description
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.
Table of Contents
Mapsp. x
Introductionp. xiii
"As in the Beginning of the World"p. 1
The Rogerenesp. 24
"Fore-runners of Evil"p. 53
"Brought Up in Learning"p. 64
"Fornication Among You"p. 84
"One Flesh"p. 109
"She Was Taken Away from Me Wrongfully"p. 148
"The Ways of Providence"p. 175
A Higher Courtp. 197
"A Pestilence into That Land"p. 215
"Adam Is Come"p. 233
Bream Cove and Beyondp. 249
"Their Children's Children"p. 266
"Adam Worked All Day"p. 285
"The Wonderfull Work of God"p. 307
Epiloguep. 329
Acknowledgmentsp. 333
Family Treesp. 335
Notesp. 343
Bibliographyp. 399
Photograph Creditsp. 417
Indexp. 419
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