The late 17th-century conflict known as King Philip's War has haunted colonial New Englanders and diverse tribal communities. Their remembrances of this violence have taken shape in highly local ways, through material objects, performances, and stories about landscapes. This study highlights the importance of such overlooked sources for understanding the persistent, widespread effects of warfare and settler colonialism in the Northeast.
The Memory Frontier: Memorializing King Philip's War in the Native Northeast12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
A Climatic Debate: Abolition and Climate in Eighteenth-Century Britain12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Toward the end of the eighteenth century, as British Parliamentary debates over abolition in the West Indies grew increasingly serious, the Board of Trade interrogated people familiar with plantation life. What sorts of health risks did plantation work pose for enslaved laborers? Could Europeans labor in the West Indian climate? This project examines some of the testimony that absentee planters provided to Parliament and contrasts these arguments with evidence taken from these same planters' private letters. Public testimony did not always match up with personal opinions, and this project explores some of the differences between the two.