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A Massachusetts Maritime View of Slavery and Abolitionism: A Strong Cape Cod Connection


June 21
1:30 pm


Hyannis Public Library
401 Main Street
Hyannis, MA United States
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A Massachusetts Maritime View of Slavery and Abolitionism: A Strong Cape Cod Connection

Hyannis Public Library

June 21 1:30pm

About the Presentation:

From the era of the Puritans right through the end of the Revolutionary War, Boston was a central hub for the slave trade. Slaves were brought onboard ships from the African coast with regularity, often mastered by Cape Cod Sea Captains. Numbers of slaves per household were much smaller in the Northeast than they were in the South, but, nonetheless, a much-needed labor force had grown in numbers.
After Massachusetts legally prohibited this practice in 1780, sea captains became engaged in a variety of ways. There were some boat masters who continued to bring them in surreptitiously, while others assisted the practice in indirect ways. The commonwealth’s shipping industry became quite divided in terms of fighting for the cause of abolitionism while other captains wished to witness a very slow demise of this profitable endeavor.
We will discuss religious views, political platforms, economic factors, and social movements that existed in the pre-Civil War period. Sharing several profiles of notable Black slaves living in  Massachusetts will demonstrate enormous contributions to the overall growth of our country.

About Dr. Michael Pregot:

Dr. Pregot is an author and educator who is passionate about maritime history. His book Sea Captains of Cape Cod, which delves into the fascinating lives and stories of sea captains from each town on Cape Cod.

He is constantly researching new aspects of Cape Cod and maritime history. This is his third lecture at Hyannis Public Library all based on his studies about Maritime Historical Facts.

The program is free and all are welcome. Please register below and we can better accommodate the audience.


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