Eighteenth-century Britons asked themselves these questions. As we might suspect, their answers varied by time and whether they lived in Great Britain, North America, or the Caribbean. [Read more…] about Mixed-Race Britons & the Atlantic Family
This year is the 185th anniversary of the founding of the Long Island Railroad. Despite service delays and fare increases it remains the spine of Long Island and the center of its transportation network. The LIRR serves over 300,000 passengers a week with about 90 million rides a year.
The origins of the LIRR, chartered by New York State in April 1834, have a little remembered dark side. Much of the railroads early funding came from profits from Caribbean sugar produced by enslaved African labor. The key link between the LIRR, sugar and slavery was William F. Havemeyer. [Read more…] about NYC Mayor Havemayer: Sugar, Slavery and the Long Island Railroad
The New Netherland Institute has announced the talk “To Serve in a Free Country: Slavery and Freedom in New Netherland” by Sam Huntington, educator at Crailo State Historic Site, has been set for Saturday, April 27th at the Senate House State Historic Site in Kingston. [Read more…] about Slavery and Freedom in New Netherland Talk In Kingston
The Friends of Historic Kingston is set to hold its annual meeting on Sunday, April 28th at 2 pm in the Bethany Hall, Old Dutch Church, 272 Wall Street, Kingston. Use side entrance on Wall Street.
President of the Board, Jack Braunlein, will give the annual report of the organization, followed by the keynote address. The featured guest speaker is Susan Stessin-Cohn, Town Historian of New Paltz who will be speaking on her newest research and publication, In Defiance: Runaways from Slavery in New York’s Hudson River Valley: 1735-1831. [Read more…] about Hudson River Slavery Focus of Historic Kingston Event
How is a “state” produced?
Is “the state” something everyone can participate in producing?
In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History Ryan Quintana, an Associate Professor of History at Wellesley College and the author of Making a Slave State: Political Development in Early South Carolina (University of North Carolina Press, 2018), joins us to answer these questions with a look at the creation and development of the State of South Carolina. [Read more…] about Making the State of South Carolina
In his 1891 memoir, Rev. W.W. Crane recalled growing up in the town of Nelson, on a farm three miles east of the village of Cazenovia, New York. He attended school at Jackson’s Corners, a half-mile east, where he “fell in” with an African American boy he called “black Jerry.”
Crane remembered Jerry, “though very meek and innocent, was so taunted, on account of his color, that he went to the brook and tried to wash off the black, and while his tears fell like rain drops on the water, he pushed his hand to the bottom and brought the sand and tried to scour off the black.” The two became intimate friends, and Crane learned that Jerry’s father had a been a soldier in the Revolutionary War and General George Washington’s cook. [Read more…] about Plymouth Freeman: American Revolution Veteran, Former Slave
The Clinton County Historical Association has announced “Northern Slavery: Part of the American Story,” a lecture looking at slavery in New York, has been set for Thursday, February 21, at 6:30 pm.
Slavery is not just a southern story. In fact, New York was the epicenter of slavery in the early colonial world. From Boston to Plattsburgh, and up and down the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys, enslaved persons were an important part of the labor market and helped build wealth in the society. The first American slave code was written in Massachusetts. [Read more…] about Northern Slavery: Part of the American Story
“The Kept Private,” a documentary play based on findings from a survey of an African American burial ground in Rhinebeck, NY will be performed this weekend February 9-10, 2019, at the Jay Heritage Center, in Rye, NY.
The play reveals the real life struggle of a 93-year-old African American man to claim his rightful pension for three years of service in the Revolutionary War, through the Battles of Harlem and White Plains. It is produced by the Storyhorse Documentary Theatre. [Read more…] about Documentary Play Highlights Black Rev War History at Jay Heritage
In fact, Massachusetts issued the very first slave code in English America in 1641. Why did New Englanders turn to slavery and become the first in English America to codify its practice? [Read more…] about New England Indians, Colonists, and Origins of American Slavery
Travis M. Bowman, Senior Curator of the New York State Bureau of Historic Sites, will present “Slavery and Dutch-Palatine Farmers: How did middle class farmers in New York interact with slavery?” on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Siena College, near Albany, NY.
Usually considered a Southern issue, slavery played a surprisingly large role in colonial and revolutionary era New York. Bowman will examine how slavery evolved in New York under the Dutch, British, and American systems of government and how the institution was utilized at a local and personal level among the Palatine immigrants and their descendants in the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys. [Read more…] about Palatine Farmers and Slavery Talk Near Albany