Slavery Before Race: Europeans, Africans, and Indians at Long Islands Sylvester Manor Plantation, 1651-1821 Katherine Howlett Hayes

ISBN: 9780814770900

Published: April 30th 2013

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Slavery Before Race: Europeans, Africans, and Indians at Long Islands Sylvester Manor Plantation, 1651-1821  by  Katherine Howlett Hayes

Slavery Before Race: Europeans, Africans, and Indians at Long Islands Sylvester Manor Plantation, 1651-1821 by Katherine Howlett Hayes
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The study of slavery in the Americas generally assumes a basic racial hierarchy: Africans or those of African descent are usually the slaves, and white people usually the slaveholders. In this unique interdisciplinary work of historical archaeology,MoreThe study of slavery in the Americas generally assumes a basic racial hierarchy: Africans or those of African descent are usually the slaves, and white people usually the slaveholders.

In this unique interdisciplinary work of historical archaeology, anthropologist Katherine Hayes draws on years of fieldwork on Shelter Islands Sylvester Manor to demonstrate how racial identity was constructed and lived before plantation slavery was racialized by the legal codification of races.

Using the historic Sylvester Manor Plantation site turned archaeological dig as a case study, Hayes draws on artifacts and extensive archival material to present a rare picture of northern slavery on one of the Norths first plantations. There, white settlers, enslaved Africans, and Native Americans worked side by side.

While each group played distinct roles on the Manor and in the larger plantation economy of which Shelter Island was part, their close collaboration and cohabitation was essential for the Sylvester familys economic and political power in the Atlantic Northeast.

Through the lens of social memory and forgetting, this study addresses the significance of Sylvester Manors plantation history to American attitudes about diversity, Indian land politics, slavery and Jim Crow, in tension with idealized visions of white colonial community.

Katherine Howlett Hayes is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from UC Berkeley, and an M.A. in Historical Archaeology from the University of Massachusetts Boston.



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