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Slaves and Masters
Ten Hills Farm
Brattle Street

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Author Catherine S. Manegold Catherine S. Manegold was a reporter for The New York Times, Newsweek and the Philadelphia Inquirer before turning her attention to longer works. As a foreign correspondent, she covered Asia and reported from the Middle East. While serving as a national correspondent at The New York Times she wrote frequently for the Week in Review and the Sunday magazine, reported on the U.S. military intervention in Haiti, on the 1993 bombing at the World Trade Towers, labor and education issues, women's rights, and the case of Shannon Faulkner v. The Citadel, the most expensive civil rights case in U.S. history. Winner of numerous national awards, Manegold was part of the New York Times staff recognized with a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the World Trade Towers attack, an event which, shocking as it was, would pale in comparison with the tragedy that followed on 9/11. Upon resigning from the Times in 1999, Manegold committed herself to longer form non-fiction and historical research, and discovered a new passion -- for teaching. This is her second book. "In Glory’s Shadow: The Citadel, Shannon Faulkner and a Changing America" was published by Knopf in 2000 and recognized by the Los Angeles Times on its list of “best non-fiction” for that year.

Work on "Ten Hills Farm: The Forgotten History of Slavery in the North," was supported by grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Harvard University, the American Antiquarian Society and the Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College. The author would like to thank each of these institutions for their generous provision of research tools, office space, financial backing -- and time, without which this work could not have been completed.

Manegold’s passion for writing is matched by her commitment to teaching. From 2001-2006 she served as the James M. Cox, Jr. Professor of Journalism at Emory University in Atlanta. There she taught narrative non-fiction, journalism history and ethics, business reporting and a class in the history of South Africa. Now at Mt. Holyoke College, Manegold teaches long-form narrative, magazine writing, journalism ethics, and a course called “story trackers” which explores the translation of serious works of literary non-fiction into film. In addition to her books, she now works in journalism online, offline, in blogs and in the classroom.


C.S. Manegold's second book, Ten Hills Farm: The Forgotten History of Slavery in the North, explores the early history of black slavery in North America, revealing the interlaced stories of three families of slave-owners who lived on a New England farm first settled by John Winthrop. This riveting history unfolds over 150 years as these families lived with slaves and profited from the slave trade in the North, the West Indies, and the American South. Isaac Royall, Jr., heir to a huge fortune made through slavery and the slave trade in Antigua, granted Harvard College funds to create a professorship of law. From that seed grew Harvard Law School.

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