For Adam's Sake by Allegra di Bonaventura
A Family Saga in Colonial New England

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Set principally in the seaport town of New London, Conn., "For Adam's Sake" provides an astonishing worm's-eye view of Winthrop's beloved Bible Commonwealth in the throes of its ghastly unraveling, even as it narrates an intimate history of racial slavery in early New England through the entwined lives of five families (the Winthrops among them).
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“Incomparably vivid . . . as enthralling a portrait of family life [in colonial New England] as we are likely to have.”—Wall Street Journal


In the tradition of Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s classic, A Midwife’s Tale, comes this groundbreaking narrative by one of America’s most promising colonial historians. Joshua Hempstead was a well-respected farmer and tradesman in New London, Connecticut. As his remarkable diary—kept from 1711 until 1758—reveals, he was also a slave owner who owned Adam Jackson for over thirty years. In this engrossing narrative of family life and the slave experience in the colonial North, Allegra di Bonaventura describes the complexity of this master/slave relationship and traces the intertwining stories of two families until the eve of the Revolution. Slavery is often left out of our collective memory of New England’s history, but it was hugely impactful on the central unit of colonial life: the family. In every corner, the lines between slavery and freedom were blurred as families across the social spectrum fought to survive. In this enlightening study, a new portrait of an era emerges.
 

About Allegra di Bonaventura

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Allegra di Bonaventura is an assistant dean at the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in New Haven, Connecticut. Her dissertation was awarded the George Washington Egleston Prize.
 
Published April 22, 2013 by Liveright. 473 pages
Genres: History, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by KIRK DAVIS SWINEHART on Aug 04 2013

Set principally in the seaport town of New London, Conn., "For Adam's Sake" provides an astonishing worm's-eye view of Winthrop's beloved Bible Commonwealth in the throes of its ghastly unraveling, even as it narrates an intimate history of racial slavery in early New England through the entwined lives of five families (the Winthrops among them).

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on Jan 01 2013

The author pauses occasionally to instruct us about the importance of stone and wood, the legal system, Indian tribes, shipbuilding, the Great Awakenings and much more. Her voice remains generally detached and scholarly throughout. Although the scholarship is stellar, readers may yearn for more attitude and animation from the author.

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