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Catherine & Scipio – Part IV

(I haven’t forgotten – life got in the way.) We left Catherine and Scipio – an enslaved married couple being held in the Joseph Porter household in Salem Village in the 1740s. The Porter household was located very near the Topsfield … Continue reading

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Catherine & Scipio – Part III

On May 27, Catherine and Scipio’s first child was baptized in the Topsfield church. Reverend Joseph Emerson recorded the baptism in his ledger as can be seen here: It seems that he originally left a blank space for Scipio’s name. … Continue reading

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Catherine & Scipio Pt. II

This is the page from the 1924 print copy of Salem’s Vital Records showing the recording of Catherine’s marriage to Scipio on September 7, 1743. (The asterisk indicates that their intention was also recorded.) How did Scipio come to be held … Continue reading

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Katherine and Scipio – I

I’m going to try to tell a story. Be warned – there’s no happy ending. This is Katherine’s August 9 1741 baptismal record as entered by the Reverend Joseph Emerson in his ledger for the Topsfield Church. Katherine was a … Continue reading

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Communicating History

I’m giving a talk next month at a graduate history conference on my Topsfield project from two intertwined perspectives: the research journey itself and how I shared the research journey in the presentation to the THS.  The conference is being … Continue reading

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Slave Ad

From the Salem Gazette, January 31, 1769. “Want of employ” is supposed to mean “Nothing wrong with him, I just don’t need him.”

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Slavery in Topsfield

A video of my January 17, 2016 presentation to the Topsfield Historical Society. It was a standing room only crowd. [vimeo 153316470 w=500 h=282] Note: My talk begins at the 5:00 mark and, at the 35:00 mark, there’s a short … Continue reading

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HistoryCampBoston 2016

HistoryCamp.org I’m giving my second talk about my Topsfield research. This one will be more “behind-the-scenes.” The Jigsaw Puzzle of Reconstructing Enslaved Family Stories in Rural Colonial Massachusetts Jeanne Pickering (j_pickering@salemstate.edu), Graduate student, History, Salem State University In the eighteenth century, … Continue reading

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Slavery talks

Talks I’m looking forward to: March 12, 2015 J.L Bell’s talk on African-Americans in the Revolution Army – this should be very good and very relevant March 18, 2015 Boston: Origin of Slavery Royall House March 28, 2015 History Camp 2015 April … Continue reading

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Online Database of Anti-Slavery and Anti-segregation Petitions

I ran across this via Boston1775.blogspot.com: Yesterday saw the official debut of the Digital Archive of Massachusetts Anti-Slavery and Anti-Segregation Petitions. This online database is a collaboration between the Massachusetts Archives and Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute, Center for American Political Studies, and … Continue reading

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