Liberty and desire are always at odds in the colonial world. Who is entitled to freedom? Who is forced to serve? The desire for wealth, career and social advancement, and intellectual and physical safety for British settler colonizers and their descendants led to the building of ships and the forced movement of imprisoned bodies across the world.
Public historian Elon Cook Lee will focus her presentation on the impact of the arrival of a ship named the Desire and its human cargo. She will lead a discussion on the histories and legacies of the charter generation of African bondservants and enslaved people, the increasing reciprocal trade to the West Indies, and how rebelling Africans and colonial slave traders impacted the developing laws in the Massachusetts Bay Colony 1641 to 1670.
An RSVP for this event is requested (at http://puritans2018_desire.eventbrite.com) but not required.
Thursday, January 31
Thursday, February 21