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Slaves and Masters
Ten Hills Farm
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I never knew this... Gwen Davis

Your book is compelling and a terrific read! I am interested in being in touch with others who are also seeking to challenge the collective amnesia, particularly in the North, regarding the aftermath and legacy of slavery. I've found 32 New England slave holding ancestors in my family, and I do not think this is as unusual as it might first appear. David Pettee

Your book does a great service to all who love the truth of what was actually happening during the time of the great migration of John Winthop and his band of puritans in 1630 Boston. But the best evidence is omitted. Not one mention of Thomas Morton's 1637 'New English Canaan';  to me the most authoritative history written. Your history on this subject remains incomplete. Cynthius aurem vellet. Chester Austin

I emailed the author and asked her about the book and I would like her to know that I will be taking a course this summer through the Council on The Humanities at Stockton University.( New Jersey) The week's topic will be the history of racism in America. Possibly, "Ten Hills Farm" could be a text included in the prepared reading.... I am on Amazon often and the site will suggest reading material which a customer may enjoy. This book was suggested and after reading the terrific reviews, I bought the book. Susan Rubens

ACCIDENTLY FOUND YOUR BOOK AT THE LIBRARY-GREW UP IN MALDEN-MASS.- NEXT DOOR TO MEDFORD.I'M A ROYAL ON MY MOTHERS SIDE SO LOVED YOUR BOOK.YOU DID A GREAT JOB-THANKS. MY SISTER LIVED IN MEDFORD-WE NEVER KNEW ABOUT 10 HILLS FARM-WISH I DID MY MOM WOULD HAVE LOVED IT.ON ANCESTRY.COM NOW GETTING ALL THE FAMILY HISTORY. THANKS AGAIN--READING BOOK AGAIN!!! J.L.

A personal note: As a 4th grader in Lancaster OH - about 1940 - I recall talking to a classmate whose family had just moved up from the South and apologizing for the North's treatment of black people. Later I was amused to think I'd got the story reversed. Now in my 70's I find I wasn't wrong after all - only we ALL need to apologize! Nancy Strong

 I thought I knew something about slavery in NE but it was an eye opener. When you have time come in and look at the Commonwealth Museum in the MA Archives. Patricia McCormack

Truth will set you free. Jack Handegan

I thought your book was astounding. Last summer I was elected secretary of the Gallup Family Association (www.gallupfamilyassociation. com)and was the speaker at the association reunion in Ledyard, CT. I am a 13th generation Gallup family descendant, and it was heartbreaking for me to learn the Gallup family had owned slaves.... Thank you for your extensive research and incredible book. All the very best to you. Rachel Branch

I have got to get this book. I have been telling people for years that Slavery started in the North and it was worse there than in the South. Gladys Edwards Pelosi

Thank you for having the conviction to hold to the face of our country a mirror of the past… so that we may make our way into the future. A voice for the voiceless in our history and country has been restored. Samuel P. Dixon

I grew up in the South and relocated to a house on the edge of Ten Hills Farm land several years ago. As schoolchildren down South we were taught that "Yankees" started slavery and continued to profit from it all the while putting the blame on the South for the horrors of the practice. I was surprised when I moved up here that as Americans we still are all taught different histories.... I have a very tight schedule with very little time to read, and it is no exaggeration to say that this was the first book I have read start to finish in several years. Well done.... Jessica

I work for the National Park Service and the place of Essex County in the Triangle Trade needs a tad more emphasis then is presently afforded in historical interpretation. Keith L. Hatfield

Having spent a night at Bush-Holley House's slave quarters with Joseph McGill, founder of the Slave Dwelling Project, I'm hoping to do so again with him at Royall House - and I am greatly looking forward to reading "Ten Hills Farm". I found to my dismay that my Connecticut and Massachusetts ancestors were slaveholders throughout the 1600s-1700s and am trying to learn all I can about the times, places and people involved. In March I met descendants of a slave held by my Bushnell ancestors in Norwich - a moving event for all of us. All best regards - Grant

CSM: Enjoyed your blog on the book (politicsdaily.com 19 jan 2010) and the way it wraps up with the Fullers in Antigua. I've sat in the big room there and had John take me into his study to look over bits and pieces of Betty's Hope. I was (still am) on a path which I hope melds past and present (constructively!) re the Codringtons. But there is much to learn before a book will result. I look forward to reading yours, and wonder if in the process you found any references to island and planting links at a later date around New Haven. So much of the Connecticut history has been sanitized that it has been hell trying to track the family's interests in that area circa 1800-1840. Anyway look forward to the book thanks for your work. Chris Codrington

Very interesting book. I think you would be interested in mine: "Slavery in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts" (Levellers Press, 2009). Robert H. Romer

I was born in Lawrence Massachusetts, 20 miles north (of the Royall House and Ten Hills Farm) on rt 93. Moved to GA 4 years ago. Kevin Brown

 

 





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