Ten Hills Farm with CS Manegold

Ten Hills Farm with C.S. Manegold on Fieldstone Common

LIVE: THURSDAY, 14 February 2013 at 1:00pm EST

This week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews CS Manegold, author of Ten Hills Farm: The Forgotten History of Slavery in the North.

Ten Hills Farm with C.S. Manegold on Fieldstone Common

C.S. Manegold

Ten Hills Farm tells the powerful saga of five generations of slave owners in colonial New England. Settled in 1630 by John Winthrop–who would later become governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony–Ten Hills Farm was a six-hundred-acre estate just north of Boston. Winthrop, famous for envisioning his ‘city on the hill’ and lauded as a paragon of justice, owned slaves on that ground and passed the first law in North America condoning slavery.

In this mesmerizing narrative, C. S. Manegold exposes how the fates of the land and the families that lived on it were bound to America’s most tragic and tainted legacy. Challenging received ideas about America and the Atlantic world, Ten Hills Farm digs deep to bring the story of slavery in the North full circle–from concealment to recovery. Manegold follows the compelling tale from the early seventeenth to the early twenty-first century, from New England, through the South, to the sprawling slave plantations of the Caribbean.

C. S. Manegold is the author of In Glory’s Shadow: The Citadel, Shannon Faulkner, and a Changing America (Knopf). As a reporter with the New York Times, Newsweek, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, she received numerous national awards and was part of the New York Times team honored with a Pulitzer Prize in 1994.

Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

Show Notes – Black Gotham with Carla Peterson

Following are some items that were mentioned during the 7 February 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with Prof. Carla L. Peterson, author of Black Gotham:A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City.

The podcast of the interview is now available.


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Prof. Carla L. Peterson is professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park.You can learn more about her and her book at her website and a special website called the Black Gotham Archive set up to provide more details about information from the book.  She hopes that others will also contribute stories and photos of New York City African American history as well which can be uploaded directly to the site.

The book Black Gotham:A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City, published by Yale University Press, is available for purchase from major books sellers online and off such as Amazon.com.

Carla Peterson is also the author of “Doers of the Word”: African-American Women Speakers and Writers in the North, 1830-1880.

Carla did much of her research for Black Gotham at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture which is part of the New York Public Library. It is open Tuesday through Saturday each week.

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church was one of the center of the Black community in 19th century New York City.

One of the extraordinary in this circle of successful African American men was James McCune Smith, a physician, pharmacist and abolitionist.

Yale University Press, the publisher of Black Gotham:A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City, donated a copy of the book which was given as “door prize” during the live show to a listener in Delaware.  A big thank you to Yale University Press for  their generosity!

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Black Gotham with Carla L. Peterson

This week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews Carla L. Peterson, author of Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City.

Part detective tale, part social and cultural narrative, Black Gotham is Carla Peterson’s riveting account of her quest to reconstruct the lives of her nineteenth-century ancestors. As she shares their stories and those of their friends, neighbors, and business associates, she illuminates the greater history of African-American elites in New York City.

Black Gotham with Carla L. Peterson on Fieldstone Common

Carla L. Peterson

Black Gotham challenges many of the accepted “truths” about African-American history, including the assumption that the phrase “nineteenth-century black Americans” means enslaved people, that “New York state before the Civil War” refers to a place of freedom, and that a black elite did not exist until the twentieth century. Beginning her story in the 1820s, Peterson focuses on the pupils of the Mulberry Street School, the graduates of which went on to become eminent African-American leaders. She traces their political activities as well as their many achievements in trade, business, and the professions against the backdrop of the expansion of scientific racism, the trauma of the Civil War draft riots, and the rise of Jim Crow.

Told in a vivid, fast-paced style, Black Gotham is an important account of the rarely acknowledged achievements of nineteenth-century African Americans and brings to the forefront a vital yet forgotten part of American history and culture.

Carla L. Peterson is professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the author of “Doers of the Word”: African-American Women Speakers and Writers in the North, 1830–1880.

Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

Show Notes – New England Genealogy with David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert, A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries on Fieldstone Common
David Allen Lambert

Following are some items that were mentioned during the 10 January 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with David Allen Lambert, author of A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries.

The podcast of the interview is now available.

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You can learn more about David Allen Lambert from the New England Historic Genealogical Society website. You can also follow David on Facebook

The book A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries (2nd edition) is available for purchase from the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Please note that the 2nd edition is not available from Amazon.com, only the 1st edition is for sale there. If you purchase the book you definitely want to get the 2nd edition.

David is the tribal genealogist for the Massachuset-Ponkapoag Indians of Massachusetts. You can learn more about the Punkapoag from the Canton, Massachusetts Historical Society website and from the Stoughton History website. The Ponkapoag also have their own website. You can learn more about tribes of Massachusetts in general from the Native American Tribes of Massachusetts website.

David has written several books about the history of Stoughton, Massachusetts include:

  • Vital records of Stoughton, Massachusetts to the end of the year 1850 (Mass. Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2008)
  •  Stoughton, Images of America series (Arcadia Pub., 2001)

He also created the Stoughton History website which is now the site of the Stoughton, Massachusetts Historical Society.

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New England Genealogy with David Allen Lambert


This Thursday on Fieldstone Common we will speak well known New England Genealogist David Allen Lambert. During this interview we will discuss some of David’s favorite research topics such as New England cemeteries, Native Americans and African Americans. We’ll probably even talk a bit about baseball too!


David has been a staff member at the New England Historic Genealogical Society since 1993, having been a member previously. His interest in genealogy started at the young age of seven, and has increased over the past four decades. He has published several articles in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register; the New Hampshire Genealogical Record, Rhode Island Roots, The Mayflower Descendant, and New England Ancestorsmagazine.
His genealogical expertise includes New England and Atlantic Canadian records of the 17th through 21st century; military records; and Native American and African American genealogical research in New England. He has published A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries (NEHGS, 2009), and ), and various volumes of his hometown of Stoughton, Massachusetts. He recently collaborated with historian Maureen Taylor on a volume of photographic images of the Revolutionary war period – The Last Muster (Kent State University, 2010). 
David has been a Civil War re-enactor for the 12th Massachusetts Infantry. He is a Life Member of the New Hampshire Society of the Cincinnati. He is currently the tribal genealogist for the Massachuset-Punkapoag Indians of Massachusetts. He serves as Vice President and served on the Board of Directors for the Stoughton Historical Society, of which he has been a member since the age of 10. David is currently authoring the vital, church and cemetery records for the town of Stoughton, Massachusetts.
Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis