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 – The Devil Made Me Do It with Juliet Mofford

The Devil Made Me Do It! with Juliet Haines Mofford on Fieldstone CommonFollowing are some items that were mentioned during the 17 January 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with Juliet Haines Mofford, author of The Devil Made Me Do It: Crime and Punishment in Early New England.

The podcast of the interview is now available.

You can connect with Juliet Mofford Haines on Facebook and LinkedIn. Juliet also gave out her email address during the show. Have a listen to the show to get that.

The book The Devil Made Me Do It, published by the Globe Pequot Press, is available for purchase from major books sellers online and off such as Amazon.com

Juliet has published eleven books some of which include  

  • Cry “witch”: the Salem witch trials, 1692 (Discovery Enterprises, 1995) 
  • Greater Lawrence, a bibliography : an annotated guide to the history of Andover, Methuen, Lawrence, and North Andover (Merrimack Valley Textiles Museum, 1978) The Devil Made Me Do It! with Juliet Haines Mofford on Fieldstone Common
  • The history of North Parish Church of North Andover, 1645-1974: and firm thine ancient vow (Mofford, 1975). 

She has also written a number of history books targeted toward juvenile readers.

One of the places that Juliet mentions during the interview is the Old Gaol in York, Maine.  Juliet not only worked there previously but she also writes about it in the book. The Old Gaol is part of the The Old York Historical Society which has  number of historical buildings which you can visit.

The Globe Pequot Press, the publisher of The Devil Made Me Do It: Crime and Punishment in Early New England, donated two copies of the book that were given as “door prizes” during the live show. One copy went to a listener in Colorado and the other to a listener in Massachusetts. A big thank you to the Globe Pequot Press for  their generosity!

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Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

The Devil Made Me Do It with Juliet Haines Mofford

LIVE: THURSDAY, 17 January 2013 at 1:00pm EST

This Thursday on Fieldstone Common we will speak author Juliet Haines Mofford about her book The Devil Made Me Do It! Crime and Punishment in Early New England.

Whether it was Sabbath-breaking, blasphemy, or public drunkenness, colonial laws were strict and frequently broken, and those who broke them could expect swift punishment. Laws were designed to reflect Puritan ideas of ensuring God’s blessings upon the community, as well as to tightly maintain order in ways that would benefit the entire colony. Each neighbor had a role in preserving family values and keeping the community safe from “railing scolds,” vagabonds, malefactors, and malefic witches.

Some of the ways that seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century New England communities dealt with murder and mayhem seem brutal to modern sensibilities. Today, Joan Andrews would not be forced to wear a T for theft upon her bodice for placing stones in the firkin of butter she sold a client. And Lydea Abbot would certainly not be made to suffer in the stocks for “uttering ten profain curses.”

The Devil Made Me Do It with Juliet Haines Mofford on Fieldstone Common
Juliet Haines Mofford

Drawing from early court dockets, diaries, sermons, gaolers’ records, and other primary sources, the chapters in this book investigate crimes like these and illuminate the social and political causes behind legal cases from a time when accused felons often pleaded in their own defense: “The Devil made me do it!”

Juliet Haines Mofford is a historian and museum educator based in Maine. Two of her eleven books received national awards from the American Association for State and Local History. Her feature articles have appeared in the Boston Globe and many other publications. She served on the educational board of the American Association of Museums.

Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

Show Notes – A New England Town with Ken Lockridge

A New England Town with Ken Lockridge on Fieldstone CommonFollowing are some items that were mentioned during the 29 November 2012 Fieldstone Common interview with Prof. Kenneth A. Lockridge, author of A New England Town: The First Hundred Years.

The podcast of the interview is now available.

You can learn more about Ken Lockridge from his staff page in the history department at the University of Montana.

Following are specific notes from the discussion:

The two books that host Marian Pierre-Louis found to be very influential include:
In Small Things Forgotten by James Deetz 
The Mid-Wife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
 
New England Towns

A New England Town: The First Hundred Years was published in 1970 and is still available through various book sellers such as Amazon.com

Four influential early New England town studies were published in the early 1970s. They include:
A New England Town: The First Hundred Years by Kenneth A. Lockridge
A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony by John Demos
Peacable Kingdoms: New England Towns in the Eighteenth Century by Michael Zuckerman
Four Generations: Population Land, and Family in Colonial Andover, Massachusetts by Philip J. Greven Jr.

These books should all be readily available from your local library network.

A panel discussing the importance of these books was held at the 2010 American History Association conference in San Diego. The panelists included all four authors above. A synopsis of that discussion was written by attendee Eric Miller.

Professor Lockridge’s specific fields of interest include:

Early American History, 1607-1830
The American Revolution and its Cultural Consequences, 1765-1998
Native American History, 1600-1800
Literacy, Reading, and the Book, 1600-1800
Gender History, 1690-1830
Swedish Social and Demographic History, 1750-1920


Gustavus Hesselius

Ken talked about Gustavus Hesselius and his accurate and sympathetic paintings of Native Americans. The specific article he was referring to was “Overcoming Nausea: The Brothers Hesselius and the American Mystery.” This article is available on the Common-place website. Color images of the paintings are available in that article.

A revised version of the same article with substantial new research is found in English Atlantics Revisited edited by Nancy Rhoden (McGill-Queens University Press, 2007)

Declining Fertility Rates

Further information on this topic can be found in:

Family Patterns in Nineteenth Century Swedenwith Bobbi Low and Alice Clarke, published by the Demographic Database, Umeå, Sweden, 1992.
“Toward an Ecological Demography,” with B. Low and A. Clarke, Population and Development Review, 18, 1 (March 1992), 1-32.

“Sally Has Been Sick: Pregnancy and Family Limitation Among Virginia Gentry Women, 1780-1840,” with Jan    
       Lewis, based on a paper delivered at the 1986 meeting of the American Historical Association, submitted by request 
       to the Journal of Social History, and published Fall, 1988.  Reprinted in Mother and Motherhood, Readings in

American Women’s History, ed. Janet Golden, Ohio State University Press, 1997, and in Family and Society in American History, Joseph A. Hawes and Elizabeth I. Nybakken, eds. (Urbana, University of Illinois Press, 2001.)

The Fertility Transition in Sweden: The Evidence of Smaller Geographic Units, 1805-1890.  Demographic Database, Umeå, Sweden, 1983.  A summary version was printed in the Proceedings of the Nordic Demographic Conference, Sweden, 1983.

 

Translating Swedish Civil War book

Ken is currently translating a work from Swedish:

Translation of Åke Sandström, A War Within the Civil War: Colonel Oscar Malmborg and the Men of the     55th  Illinois Infantry.
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Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

A New England Town With Ken Lockridge

Professor Ken Lockridge

Broadcast Time: THURSDAY, 29 November 2012 at 1:00pm EST

In 1970 Professor Ken Lockridge published a book called A New England Town: The First Hundred Years. This book established an innovative way to examine and interpret developing 17th century New England towns. The book allowed us to look at these early colonists as people rather than simply names and dates. In addition, works published at the same time by his colleagues Demos, Greven and Zuckerman helped set off a new interest in the history of early America.

Join Marian Pierre-Louis, host of Fieldstone Common, as she discusses the start of Professor Lockridge’s career with A New England Town and then progresses through 40 years of his fascinating historical projects.

Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

Show Notes – The Naked Quaker with Diane Rapaport

The Naked Quaker with Diane Rapaport on Fieldstone CommonFollowing are some notes on items that were mentioned during the 20 September 2012 Fieldstone Common interview with Diane Rapaport, author of the Naked Quaker.


The podcast of the interview is now available.

The Naked Quaker is readily available from online booksellers such as amazon.com.

Diane Rapaport’s other book is called New England Court Records: A Research Guide for Genealogists and Historians.

You can learn more about Diane by visiting her website or follow her on her Facebook page

For many years Diane wrote a column called “Tales from the Courthouse” which was first featured in New England Ancestors which later became American Ancestors. This publication is a membership benefit of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. In addition to the print magazine, members can search the online archive of American Ancestors to read Diane’s column. The magazine can also be found at many libraries and genealogical societies.

You can read an interview with Diane on the Bostonist website and another on Boston.com.

Check Diane’s schedule to see if she is speaking at a venue near you.

Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

The Naked Quaker with Diane Rapaport

The Naked Quaker by Diane Rapaport
The Naked Quaker by Diane Rapaport

LIVE: THURSDAY, 20 September 2012 at 1:00pm EST

Listen in to Fieldstone Common this week as host Marian Pierre-Louis talks to author Diane Rapaport about her book The Naked Quaker: True Crimes and Controversies from the Courts of Colonial New England.

The word “Puritan” conjures up dour images of 17th-century New Englanders. We rarely think of Puritans as people who had fun, or sex. Our ancestors used different words, but human nature was not so different 350 years ago.

In the title story, a Quaker woman walks into Puritan Sunday meeting and drops her dress to protest actions of the colonial authorities. The Naked Quaker takes us into the lives of our ancestors, revealing how they behaved and spoke. A highway robber threatens his victim: “I will take you by your eyelids and make your heels strike fire!” A mysterious woman wields “enthusiastical power” over married men, who break the law to follow her.

author Diane Rapaport

Diane Rapaport, a former trial lawyer, has made a new career as a historical consultant, genealogist, award-winning author and popular speaker. She offers an unusual combination of expertise and experience—in law, history and genealogy—and she enjoys discovering and telling the stories of our past. She specializes in court records and other historical resources of New England, and her current research focuses on African Americans and Native Americans in the colonial period. She is also the author of New England Court Records: A Research Guide for Genealogists and Historians.

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Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

Show Notes – The Fairbanks House with Meaghan Siekman

The Fairbanks House with Meaghan Siekman on Fieldsone Common

The Fairbanks House in Dedham, Massachusetts

Following are some notes on items that were mentioned during the 13 September 2012 interview with Meaghan Siekman, curator of the Fairbanks House (the oldest timber-frame house in America).

The podcast of the interview is now available.

You can learn more about the Fairbanks House at their website and Facebook page.

Next year’s Fairbanks Family Reunion will be held August 10, 2013.

The dendrochronology tests performed on core samples from beams in the Fairbanks House were conducted by the Oxford Dendrochronology Labratory in Oxford, England. Their website provides information about dendrochronology tests at the Fairbanks House and many other historic New England homes.

Travis Parno is the archeologist who conducted the archeological digs at the Fairbanks House in 2009 and 2010.

The Genealogy of the Fairbanks Family in America, 1633-1897 by Lorenzo Sayle Fairbanks is available online in digital format.

Curator Meaghan Siekman

Curator Meaghan Siekman

The best published source for information about the Fairbanks House is The Fairbanks House: A History of the Oldest Timber-Frame Building in New England by Abbott Lowell Cummings.  Two copies of the book that were given away as door prizes were generously donated by its publisher, the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

The Fairbanks House offers tours Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm and Sundays 1:00-4:00pm, May through October each year.

Special 90-minute tours are being given by the curator, Meaghan Siekman. Contact the Fairbanks House for information on dates and times or call 781-326-1170. 

Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

The Fairbanks House with Meaghan Siekman

The Fairbanks House in Dedham, MA
The Fairbanks House in Dedham, MA

The Fairbanks House in Dedham, Massachusetts, built c. 1637 is the oldest timber-frame house in America. It was unique for being owned and lived-in by 8 generations of the Fairbanks family. No other family ever lived in this house. But this house is not just the best preserved 17th century home, it also demonstrates the changes that have occurred in New England and American history over 372 years.

On Thursday, September 13, 2012 Fieldstone Common host, Marian Pierre-Louis, will speak with Fairbanks House curator, Meaghan Siekham. Meaghan will explore many topics that bring the history of the Fairbanks House alive including the mysteries of the house, Puritan Superstitions, the lives of women at the house and much more.

Door Prizes

Tune in live to be eligible to win one of two copies of the book The Fairbanks House by Abbott Lowell Cummings generously donated by the New England Historic Genealogical Society. We’ll also be giving out two pairs of tickets to tour the Fairbanks House.

Meaghan Siekman, curator of the Fairbanks House
Meaghan Siekman, curator of the Fairbanks House

SHOW DETAILS

Title: The Fairbanks House with Meaghan Siekman
Date: Thursday, September 13, 2012
Time: 1:00-2:00pm EST
Location: Fieldstone Common Radio – Sign up (i.e. follow) for a show reminder 

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Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis