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Slavery before RaceEuropeans, Africans, and Indians at Long Island's Sylvester Manor Plantation, 1651-1884$
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Katherine Howlett Hayes

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814785775

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814785775.001.0001

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Forgetting to Remember, Remembering to Forget

Forgetting to Remember, Remembering to Forget

(p.121) 5 Forgetting to Remember, Remembering to Forget
Slavery before Race

Katherine Howlett Hayes

NYU Press

This chapter examines the processes and reasons for forgetting the more complex history of the Sylvester Manor plantation and Shelter Island more generally. By the end of the eighteenth century, the physical face of the Sylvester Manor plantation and its complex human geography disappeared. The durable materiality and means of transmitting social memory were pushed out by a new landscape, a succession of generations with new political concerns, and the dispersion of the descendants of the indigenous and the enslaved. Yet today, Sylvester Manor and Shelter Island are places steeped in their own history. This chapter considers how the story of the time of settlement by the first generation of Sylvesters, led by Nathaniel Sylvester, is told—more specifically, what parts are remembered and what is forgotten—by drawing on a particular set of ideas about what memory is and how it relates to the construction of historical narratives.

Keywords:   Sylvester Manor, plantation, Shelter Island, social memory, settlement, Nathaniel Sylvester, historical narratives

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