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NAF Webinar Dutch Slave Resistance in New York
June 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
From its initial conquest in the early 17th century, Dutch settlers in New Netherland adopted African slavery as an instrument of colonization and economic development. Even after the English established control of the colony in 1664, however, Dutch-speaking settlers remained important slaveholders in New York well into the 18th and even 19th centuries. Dutch-owned (and often Dutch-speaking) enslaved people were indeed some of the most prominent agents of resistance to slavery in New York history. From runaways and self-emancipators to instigators of the 1741 New York uprising and even prominent abolitionists such as Sojourner Truth, Dutch-owned enslaved people played a visible role in challenging slavery throughout the state. This webinar, co-hosted by RIAS and the NAF, will discuss Dutch slave resistance with three prominent historians Margaret Washington, Michael Douma, and Andrea Mosterman, and will be moderated by Russsell Shorto.