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1 Hardesty, Jared. (2016). Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth-Century Boston. United Kingdom: NYU Press. Page 114.
2 Hardesty, J. (2020). Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: A History of Slavery in New England. United States: University of Massachusetts Press. Preface page xv.
3 Hardesty, J. (2020). Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: A History of Slavery in New England. United States: University of Massachusetts Press. Preface page xv.
4 Hardesty makes this claim in the book talk below and sever other talks/podcasts. I am trying to find a reasonable print source to link to.


Abington, Mass. First Church records 1714-1949, RG4969. The
Congregational Library & Archives, Boston, MA

Abington (Mass.)., New England Historic Genealogical Society. (1912). Vital records of Abington, Massachusetts: to the year 1850. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, at the charge of the Eddy town-record fund

Bates, J. (1830). Plan of Abington made by James Bates, dated 1830 [Map]

Hardesty, Jared R. (2019). Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: A History of Slavery in New England. United States: University of Massachusetts Press.

Hobart, Benjamin (1866). History of the town of Abington, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, from its first settlement. Boston: T.H. Carter and son.

Massachusetts. Office of the Secretary of State. (1896-1908). Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revoluntionary War: A compilation from the archives. Boston: Wright and Potter Printing Co., State Printers.

Massachusetts. Office of the Secretary of State. Muster rolls (index file cards) of the Revolutionary War, 1767-1833. (Digital Collection, Family Search.)

Massachusetts. (Accessed 2021). Guide: Massachusetts Constitution and the Abolition of Slavery.

National Daughters of the Revolution. (2012). Forgotten Patriots: African American and American Indian Service in the Revolutionary War, 1775-1783. Washington, D.C. .pdf

Peirce, E. Weaver., Mitchell, Zerviah Gould. (1878). Indian history, biography and genealogy: pertaining to the good sachem Massasoit of the Wampanoag tribe, and his descendants. With an appendix. North Abington, Mass.: Z. G. Mitchell.

Pilgrim Society and Pilgrim Hall Museum. (2018) New Exhibition at Pilgrim Hall Museum Wampanoag World: Patuxet to Plymouth February 24 – December, 30 2018. Plymouth, MA. .pdf press release

Plymouth County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1686-1881

Railton, B. (2017, July 3). How two Massachusetts slaves won their freedom — and then abolished slavery. Washington Post.

This is an EXCELLENT independent mini-documentary detailing an enslaved man and his descendants in Norwell, Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Historical Commission/Abington Historical Commission Documents

Additional Media and Resources

Jared Hardesty gives an authentic overview of the realities of slavery in New England
Wilberforce Institute, University of Hull (UK): This webinar introduces some of the major scholars who are contributing to this dynamic field – Jared Hardesty, Gloria McCahon Whiting and Margaret Newell – along with commentary from two very distinguished historians of New England and Canada – Mark Peterson and Charmaine Nelson. The speakers will reveal how important the question of slavery was in Massachusetts, despite the small number of the enslaved, and outline a range of historical opinion on slavery and emancipation in this fascinating British colony and American state.

The Royall House and Slave Quarters of Medford, Massachusetts

In the eighteenth century, the Royall House and Slave Quarters was home to the largest slaveholding family in Massachusetts and the enslaved Africans who made their lavish way of life possible. Today, the Royall House and Slave Quarters is a museum whose architecture, household items, archaeological artifacts, and programs bear witness to intertwined stories of wealth and bondage, set against the backdrop of America’s quest for independence.

Boston Middle Passage Project – In October 2020, the Middle Passage and Port Marker Boston Partnership installed a permanent marker on Long Wharf. It acknowledges Boston as a port of entry for enslaved Africans.

J.L. Bell on Quock Walker

Books with Complimentary Podcasts

New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America (2016) by Wendy Warren

While earlier histories of slavery largely confine themselves to the South, Warren’s “panoptical exploration” (Christian Science Monitor) links the growth of the northern colonies to the slave trade and examines the complicity of New England’s leading families, demonstrating how the region’s economy derived its vitality from the slave trading ships coursing through its ports.

Brown University (2017). Colonial enslavement of Native Americans included those who surrendered, too.

Brethren by Nature: New England Indians, Colonists, and the Origins of American Slavery (2015) by Margaret Ellen Newell

In Brethren by Nature, Margaret Ellen Newell reveals a little-known aspect of American history: English colonists in New England enslaved thousands of Indians. Massachusetts became the first English colony to legalize slavery in 1641, and the colonists’ desire for slaves shaped the major New England Indian wars…

Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth-Century Boston and Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: A History of Slavery in New England by Jared Ross Hardesty. (See embeded WGBH video above.)

[Hardesty] shares the individual stories of enslaved people, bringing their experiences to life. He also explores the importance of slavery to the colonization of the region and to agriculture and industry, New England’s deep connections to Caribbean plantation societies, and the significance of emancipation movements in the era of the American Revolution.


HUB History Podcast: He Takes Faces at the Lowest Rates (episode 229) (2021) Host: Jake @HUBHistory

In 1773, an ad appeared in the Boston Gazette for a Black artist who was described as possessing an “extraordinary genius” for painting portraits.  From this brief mention, we will explore the life of a gifted visual artist who was enslaved in Boston, his friendship with Phillis Wheatley, the enslaved poet, and the mental gymnastics that were required on the part of white enslavers to justify owning people like property.  Through the life of a second gifted painter, we’ll find out how the coming of the American Revolution changed life for some enslaved African Americans in Boston.  And through the unanswered questions about the lives of both these men, we’ll examine the limits of what historical sources can tell us about any given enslaved individual.  

– HUB History

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