Land of the Unfree: Indians, Africans, and the World of Colonial Slavery


Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships




This book length project is an integrative, comparative study of Indian and African slavery in New England, Bermuda, Barbados, and Jamaica between 1600 and 1834. This study contributes substantially to the existing literature by considering Indian and African slavery together in each of these locales and bridging scholarship that often treats these these two histories in isolation. Along the way, it more fully integrates early New England slave trading practices into a wider Atlantic world context, emphasizing the forced motion and migration between Caribbean islands as well as between these islands and the mainlands. This project also investigates the spectrum of unfreedom in the early modern Atlantic world, suggesting that Indian slavery expands and challenges our current understanding of slavery and unfreedom.