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New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America


 While earlier histories of slavery largely confine themselves to the South, this work links the growth of the northern colonies to the slave trade and examines the complicity of New England’s leading families, demonstrating how the region’s economy derived its vitality from the slave trading ships coursing through its ports. Even while New England Bound explains the way in which the Atlantic slave trade drove the colonization of New England, it also brings to light, in many cases for the first time ever, the lives of the thousands of reluctant Indian and African slaves who found themselves forced into the project of building that city on a hill.

By Wendy Warren. Published by Liveright, 2017. 368 pages, paperback.