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Slaves and Masters
Ten Hills Farm
Brattle Street

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"Powerful.... Manegold's research is wide-ranging and meticulous, and with her vivid storytelling and persistent ethical sense, she does much-needed justice to this obscure chapter in American history."
New York Times Book Review

 "This is an extraordinary, beautifully realized piece of historical writing. Riveting and wrenching ... quite simply one of the best works of history I've read in a long time."
Steven Hahn, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Nation under Our Feet

"Ten Hills Farm blows away the popular notion that Boston kept its hands clean of the slave trade."
Radio Boston

"Required Reading." 
New York Post

"The farm, vividly described, serves as a synecdoche, a part that stands in for the whole - the whole of Boston and New England, the whole of the North, the whole of the supposedly New World....Manegold makes vivid what has not so much been forgotten as suppressed. No easy task."
Philadelphia Inquirer

"A vivid and compelling case which highlights the need for both academics and the general public to understand not only the role slavery played in the North but its relationship to other American colonies as well as the larger Atlantic world."

"C. S. Manegold's admirable clarity, dazzling intelligence, and resourceful reporting well serve the story of the North's participation in U.S. slavery. Ten Hills Farm is a feat of historical excavation, and Manegold's contribution to the study of this period of our nation's past is significant."
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University

"Manegold's graceful treatment of the large, often murky issue of Northern slavery puts a human face on a shameful practice too often ascribed solely to the South."
Charleston Post & Courier

"This book draws one in...  with a storyteller's intensity and a historian's integrity."
American Spectator

"Ten Hills Farm dispels the myth of slavery as a solely Southern phenomenon. It recounts the establishment of slavery in the northern colonies and traces its path to the sugar cane fields of the island of Antigua. Manegold, an award-winning journalist and the author of In Glory's Shadow: The Citadel, Shannon Faulkner, and a Changing America, unravels the intricate family lineages and the brokered deals of America's elite and the institutions they founded upon slavery, including Harvard Law School. With a wealth of primary source research, Manegold, a former fellow at the American Antiquarian Society and Harvard University, reveals the names and faces of masters and slaves alike, while providing the reader with an invaluable lesson on the history of slavery." 
ForeWord Magazine

"Exposing the Puritans as not so pure, Manegold lays bare the deep slavery connections that enriched early New England... Culling fresh elements from correspondence, diaries, estate inventories, and other primary sources, Manegold regenerates the moral landscape of grand Puritan luxury resting on the basest of human conditions." 
Library Journal

"Draws readers into a twisted moral tale that has been ignored, more so than simply forgotten over time" 
Civil War News

"Here, Manegold looks back to reveal the truth about the Puritans' "bold experiment," refuting conventional wisdom that too often dismissed references to slavery in the North....  This is a story that needed to be told." 
Kirkus Reviews

"Manegold conveys a lively depiction of New England social, cultural and political history peppered with jolting reminders that what may have been forgotten, nevertheless remains. Manegold's thoughtfully researched and eminently readable biography of this piece of land will allow no one to “remain unaware of the North's extensive links to slavery and the slave trade.”
Publisher's Weekly


Ten Hills Farm: The Forgotten History of Slavery in the North explores the history of Indian and African slavery in New England, the West Indies, Africa,and the American South by following the intimate stories of three families of wealthy colonists on land now preserved as the Royall House in Medford, Ma. These families all lived with slaves and owned a sprawling Massachusetts estate first owned by the Puritan, John Winthrop. The third family to own that ground provided Harvard with a legacy that became the seed of Harvard Law School. To this day, the law school seal shows three sheaves of wheat, the seal of its founder who made his fortune in slave plantation in Antigua.




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