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For Adam's Sake

A Family Saga In Colonial New England

By Allegra Di Bonaventura

“A work of astonishing ingenuity, intellectual and emotional depth, and (most of all) brilliant writing.”—John Demos, author of The Unredeemed Captive

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. 16 pages of illustrations; 2 maps

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Format: Book
Author: Di Bonaventura, Allegra
Title: For Adam's sake : a family saga in colonial New England / Allegra di Bonaventura.
Publisher Date: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, A Division of W.W. Norton & Company, c2013.
Subject: Hempstead, Joshua, 1678-1758. Jackson, Adam, 1700-1764. Slavery -- Connecticut -- New London -- History -- 18th century. Slaves -- Family relationships -- Connecticut -- New London -- History -- 18th century. Slaveholders -- Connecticut -- New London -- Biography. Slaves -- Connecticut -- New London -- Biography. New London (Conn.) -- History -- 18th century. Connecticut -- Church history -- 18th century. Connecticut -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
Isbn: 9780871404305 (hbk.) 0871404303 (hbk.)
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Format: Book
Author: Di Bonaventura, Allegra.
Title: For Adam's sake : a family saga in colonial New England / Allegra di Bonaventura.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, A Division of W.W. Norton & Company, c2013.
Description: xviii, 441 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Hempstead, Joshua, 1678-1758.
Subjects: Jackson, Adam, 1700-1764.
Subjects: Slavery -- Connecticut -- New London -- History -- 18th century.
Subjects: Slaves -- Family relationships -- Connecticut -- New London -- History -- 18th century.
Subjects: Slaveholders -- Connecticut -- New London -- Biography.
Subjects: Slaves -- Connecticut -- New London -- Biography.
Subjects: New London (Conn.) -- History -- 18th century.
Subjects: Connecticut -- Church history -- 18th century.
Subjects: Connecticut -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN: 2012045996
ISBN: 9780871404305 (hbk.)
ISBN: 0871404303 (hbk.)
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Call Number: 974.60209 Di B