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NEW ENGLAND’S ROLE IN THE SLAVE TRADE

Session 1

NEW ENGLANDrsquoS ROLE IN THE SLAVE TRADE

Virtual Lecture

Monday, May 17, 2021

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Session 1 - The Diseased Ship: a cautionary tale that went untold for two centuries

On August 1, 1819, a majestic Maine-built ship docked at Boston’s Long Wharf, completing a nearly year-long voyage to West Africa and the West Indies that only a few crew members were fortunate enough to survive. This dramatic story features a prominent Yankee sea captain, a tragedy on the high seas, a viral outbreak, a major political cover up, and a conspiracy of silence that has lasted two centuries surrounding New England’s involvement in the slave trade. Following these historical threads into the present day allows us to consider the ways in which our region’s repressed history of complicity with the business of slavery relates to our current national conversations about race, privilege, identity, and access to the “American dream.”

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