Book description inunfreedom jared ross hardesty examines the lived experience of slaves in eighteenth century boston instead of relying on the traditional dichotomy of slavery and freedom hardesty argues we should understand slavery in boston as part of a continuum of unfreedom. Unfreedom slavery and dependence in eighteenth century boston early american places jared ross hardesty on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers choice outstanding academic title of 2016 in unfreedom. In eighteenth century boston a man who was born into slavery could sue a white man for assault and win a cash settlement the story of fortunate a negro 147 who convinced a justice of the peace in 1758 to fine a white man forty shillings is just one of the many fascinating vignettes in unfreedom that jared ross hardesty has dug out of massachusettss rich records. To do this slaves and free blacks in boston employed a petition campaign to end slavery once and for all in massachusetts culminating in a 1783 legal victory that dealt a serious blow to the . In unfreedom hardesty seeks to move beyond the familiar dichotomies of slavery and freedom by examining slavery as part of a continuum of unfreedom in the early modern atlantic world grounding his analysis in the social and cultural history of colonial boston
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