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Right now new information on colonial times that flies in the face of what we thought we -- -- About puritan -- like John Winthrop and early American life well there's a new book based on the diaries.
Of a Connecticut farmer in the early to mid seventeen hundreds finds that.
Slavery flourished in colonial new England and that's not the only shocking insight joining us now is the author.
At Yale University thanks for being with I just here's your book for Adam's sake.
And I just got a this morning -- thumbing through it it seems very very interesting so let's talk a little bit about it you're you're reading through this.
Diary 47 -- diary of an obscure.
Got in the name of Joshua hints that.
He keeps writing about Adam Adam.
How did you find out who had -- who is it.
While I was I was very excited to to find this -- is 700 page diary 47 years a lot of it's weather farming setter -- I -- to write about.
But Joshua -- and his family life and I did keep encountering that's name Adam.
Now if you are not careful reader of diary you -- -- Adam was maybe a sign or a worker or brother.
In fact he was Joshua slave for more than three decades and they lived in -- very small house for more than three decades together.
Puritanical slavery we think of it in the south but New England.
In fact there was quite a bit of slavery never ever on the on the scale in terms of quantity as it was in the south of course.
But particularly along the coastline.
And in places like New London, Connecticut or new -- even new -- Boston and it in these port communities you would have.
It will would have been very common you know hay Adams entire family is so fascinating -- you go through this in fact his father.
Fought for the freedom of his -- went right well I was.
Incredibly blessed to be able to find out not just about -- entire life.
But his parents.
And his grandmother and his father John -- and who came to the to the American colonies in 1686.
As a teenage slave.
Secures his freedom fights for is spam play ends up having nine children and he fights in court including winning the freedom of his.
Wife and one of his children in a Massachusetts court this is in 1717.
So very early are all these other twists and turns but look.
-- sort of revealed that puritans back then weren't so pure.
They were not so pure and I think that that's pretty commonly recognized among historians but but not necessarily among the general public.
Where we tend to -- -- puritans as being very upright and straight laced and perfectly kind of stuff were they doing.
Well it in my book and I sort of look at the lives of five families and we see these families filled -- all kinds of fornication adultery.
Petty criminal behavior.
And there's some good stuff in there even -- BC Al -- phones could.
And there is a lot of heavy drinking people tended to be drunk most of the time puritans drinking.
Well the water was not clean and it was not considered safe and it wasn't -- You know it's -- so far what I've read it's been truly amazing and thank you for sharing it with us -- being here today we appreciated the name of the book is.
For Adam's -- Thanks very much Allegra.
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