Historian Jared Ross Hardesty focuses on 17th century New England, when enslaved people—both indigenous peoples and kidnapped Africans—comprised about 4 percent of the population. He shares the individual stories of enslaved people, bringing their experiences to life. He also explores the importance of slavery to the colonization of the region and to agriculture and industry, New England’s deep connections to Caribbean plantation societies, and the significance of emancipation movements in the era of the American Revolution. About the event site In the eighteenth century, the Royall House and Slave Quarters was home to the largest slaveholding family in Massachusetts and the enslaved Africans who made their lavish way of life possible. Today, the Royall House and Slave Quarters is a museum whose architecture, household items, archaeological artifacts, and programs bear witness to intertwined stories of wealth and bondage, set against the backdrop of America’s quest for independence. WGBH Forum Network ~ Free online lectures: Explore a world of ideas Like us: http://facebook.com/wgbhforum Tweet with us: http://facebook.com/wgbhforum See our complete archive here: http://facebook.com/wgbhforum



Royall House and Slave Quarters

archaeological artifacts

wealth and bondage


enslaved Africans

Jared Ross Hardest

indigenous peoples

kidnapped Africans




Caribbean plantation

emancipation movement

American Revolution