New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization at the Edge of an Empire
Monday, April 1, 2019
Howard H. Baker Jr. Center, Room 103
1640 Cumberland Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996
Free and open to the public.
What did it mean to be enslaved in seventeenth-century New England? Professor Wendy Warren was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize because she discovered evidence that slavery was linked to colonization efforts in a region famed as a bastion of free labor. In her lecture, she will explore what it meant to be enslaved on the periphery of an empire, in a place far from plantations and cash crops, and long before cotton became king.
Professor Wendy Warren specializes in the history of colonial North America and the early modern Atlantic World. She received her PhD in history from Yale University and joined the Princeton history department after holding a junior research fellowship at Christ Church College, Oxford University. Her first book, New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America (2016), described the lived experience of chattel bondage in seventeenth-century New England, illuminating the deadly symbiosis between slavery and colonization in the Atlantic World. New England Bound won the Organization of American Historians’ 2017 Merle Curti Social History Prize, and was a Finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the 2017 Berkshire Conference Book Prize, and the 2017 Harriet Tubman Prize. She has also published in the Journal of American History, the William and Mary Quarterly, and Slavery and Abolition, among other venues. Professor Warren is currently writing The Carceral Colony, an exploration of the role of prisons in the colonization of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century North America.