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Slavery before Race – Europeans, Africans, and Indians at Long Island's Sylvester Manor Plantation, 1651-1884 - NYU Press Scholarship Online
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Slavery before Race: Europeans, Africans, and Indians at Long Island's Sylvester Manor Plantation, 1651-1884

Katherine Howlett Hayes

Abstract

The study of slavery in the Americas generally assumes a basic racial hierarchy: Africans or those of African descent are usually the slaves, and white people usually the slaveholders. This book draws on years of fieldwork on Shelter Island's Sylvester Manor to demonstrate how racial identity was constructed and lived before plantation slavery was racialized by the legal codification of races. Using the historic Sylvester Manor Plantation site turned archaeological dig as a case study, the book draws on artifacts and extensive archival material to present a rare picture of northern slavery on ... More

Keywords: plantation slavery, slaves, racial identity, Sylvester Manor, Nathaniel Sylvester, Shelter Island, diversity, Indian land politics, Jim Crow, Africans

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780814785775
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814785775.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katherine Howlett Hayes, author