Thursday, September 15, 1:00-5:00 pm
Held at Royall House & Slave Quarters
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From Brown University’s acknowledgement and reckoning with its funding from the slave trade to museums embracing more inclusive histories, slavery in New England has received much press and public interest in recent years. Designed to provide an intensive and intimate learning environment, this seminar aims to connect this popularity with the latest academic research on the subject. Using targeted readings and discussions, participants will explore the sources and methodologies important for researching and writing about the history of New England slavery. Held at one of the region’s premier public history sites for understanding New England’s slave past, the Royall House and Slave Quarters, this opportunity is open to graduate students, academics, and educators of all backgrounds.
Participants in this free seminar will be required to attend Professor Hardesty’s lecture the previous night held at the Old North Church & Historic Site (register here).
Jared Ross Hardesty is an Assistant Professor of History at Western Washington University. A native of Ohio, Hardesty graduated from Ohio Northern University in 2008 and received his PhD from Boston College in 2014. His work has been published in a number of different venues, including scholarly journals and online where he is a blogger for the African American Intellectual History Society (aaihs.org). He is the author of Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth-Century Boston, published by New York University Press as part of the Early American Places initiative in 2016. He lives in Bellingham, WA with his wife Dana and dog Georgia.
In the eighteenth century, the Royall House & Slave Quarters was home to the largest slaveholding family in Massachusetts and the enslaved Africans who made their lavish way of life possible. Architecture, household items, and archaeological artifacts bear witness to the intertwined stories of wealth and bondage, set against the backdrop of America’s quest for independence. The Slave Quarters is the only remaining such structure in the northern United States, and the Royall House is among the finest colonial-era buildings in New England.