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Virtual Talk and Annual Meeting: Enslavement and the Dual Nature of Early New York’s Homes”

Across New York State eighteenth-century houses like the Mabee Farm remind us of the state’s Dutch American history. These homes are often considered symbols of family, domesticity, and security. Yet, for the men, women, and children who were enslaved in these homes, these were spaces of forced labor, violence, and enslavement. This talk will explore this dual nature of the home.

Dr. Andrea Mosterman is Associate Professor of history at The University of New Orleans, specializing in Atlantic and Early American History. She is currently working on a manuscript that examines exchanges and interactions between African and Dutch descendants in Early New York. Her broader research explores the multi-faceted dimensions of slavery, the slave trade, and cross-cultural contact in the Early Modern Dutch Atlantic. She has published in, among others, The Journal of African History.

This is a virtual program, which is free for SCHS members, otherwise $5. Registration is at www.schenectadyhistorical.org/programs. A Zoom link will be emailed to all registrants prior to the virtual program

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