Slavery in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts

Slavery in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts

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In this first history of slavery in Western Massachusetts in colonial times, Robert H. Romer demonstrates that slavery was pervasive in the Pioneer Valley in the 1700’s, where many of the ministers and other “important people” owned black slaves.  To show the role of slavery in the valley, Professor Romer presents a “snapshot” of slavery, choosing a moment (1752) and a place (the main street of Deerfield) to present detailed information about the slaves who lived in that place at that time – and their owners. Slavery was pervasive throughout the valley and other towns are treated in less detail.  He also gives a brief history of slavery in Massachusetts, from its beginnings in the 1630s until its gradual end in the final decades of the 1700s.  His work brings out of obscurity the many black slaves who lived in the valley, the invisible men and women of our colonial past.

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