Slavery in Western MA and New York as container Saturday, Aug 10 2013 

In my last post I discussed projecting slavery in the Northeast onto “undesirable” or “loser” groups by way of containing it.  Or, if you will, in the service of sanitizing the overarching narrative of American history.  During my Masters program at Brandeis I did a lot of research into how slavery in Cambridge (and the overall Boston area) is projected onto loyalists.  Lately I’ve been trying to examine how slavery is contained and where it is projected when we discover that (gasp) patriots either enslaved Africans or were complicit in their enslavement.

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Dr. G on religion Friday, Sep 24 2010 

“The Quakers definitely emerged from the slavery controversy with the best PR out of all the religions, it seems.”  I was hunkered down under a tree across the way from the commuter rail.  This was the only time both Dr. G and I had free to talk, and I wanted to disturb my fellow commuters as little as possible with this phone call.

“That’s true,” she replied.  “The Quakers were early abolitionists which dovetails nicely with the narrative of their persecution in Massachusetts.  But history is always much more complicated than that.  Quakers weren’t persecuted everywhere.”

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My interview with Dr. G of the Brown Mansion Saturday, Sep 11 2010 

I’m hurring down the hill to the commuter rail and balancing my books, cellphone and sunglasses against one another.  The only time Dr. G and I have to talk before she leaves on vacation is now, 5h15 on a Tuesday.  I have just gotten out of work and am hauling ass to catch the next train back to Cambridge.  I finally find her number and dial, hoping we’ll be able to hear one another over the constant drone of background noise on my end of the line.

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