For Adam's Sake: A Family Saga in Colonial New England

For Adam's Sake: A Family Saga in Colonial New England

by Allegra di Bonaventura

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Winner of the New England Historical Association’s James P. Hanlan Book Award
Winner the Association for the Study of Connecticut History’s Homer D. Babbidge Jr. Award

“Incomparably vivid . . . as enthralling a portrait of family life [in colonial New England] as we are likely to have.”—Wall Street Journal

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780871403476
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 04/15/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Allegra di Bonaventura is the associate director of graduate programs at Yale Law School. She received a PhD from Yale University and a JD from Yale Law School. She is the author of For Adam’s Sake, which was awarded the New England Historical Association James P. Hanlan Book Award and named one of the best books of 2013 by the Wall Street Journal.

Table of Contents

Maps x

Introduction xiii

1 "As in the Beginning of the World" 1

2 The Rogerenes 24

3 "Fore-runners of Evil" 53

4 "Brought Up in Learning" 64

5 "Fornication Among You" 84

6 "One Flesh" 109

7 "She Was Taken Away from Me Wrongfully" 148

8 "The Ways of Providence" 175

9 A Higher Court 197

10 "A Pestilence into That Land" 215

11 "Adam Is Come" 233

12 Bream Cove and Beyond 249

13 "Their Children's Children" 266

14 "Adam Worked All Day" 285

15 "The Wonderfull Work of God" 307

Epilogue 329

Acknowledgments 333

Family Trees 335

Notes 343

Bibliography 399

Photograph Credits 417

Index 419

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