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Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth-Century Boston

Jared Ross Hardesty


Unfreedom examines the lived experience of slaves in eighteenth-century Boston. Instead of relying on the traditional dichotomy of slavery and freedom, this book argues we should understand slavery in Boston as part of a continuum of unfreedom. In this context, African slavery existed alongside many other forms of oppression, including Native American slavery, indentured servitude, apprenticeship, and pauper apprenticeship. In this hierarchical and inherently unfree world, enslaved Bostonians were more concerned with their everyday treatment and honor than with emancipation, as they pushed for ... More

Keywords: slavery, freedom, Atlantic world, Boston, New England, bound labor, social order, early modern, transnational, dependence, eighteenth century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781479816149
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479816149.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jared Ross Hardesty, author
Western Washington University