“Endearing Ties:” Black Family Life in Early New England

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March 27, 2013 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Slaves in New England faced extraordinary obstacles when it came to building families. A primary challenge was distance: enslaved husbands and wives, sons and daughters, and brothers and sisters often belonged to different masters and were forced to live in separate households.

Gloria Whiting, New England Regional Fellowship Consortium research fellow and doctoral candidate at Harvard, discusses some of the strategies New England slaves pursued in the attempt to unite their scattered family members and looks at the influence of freedom on black families in the region.

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