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Bonds of Alliance: Indigenous and Atlantic Slaveries in New France - Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia (Paperback)
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Bonds of Alliance: Indigenous and Atlantic Slaveries in New France - Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia (Paperback)

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In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, French colonists and their Native allies participated in a slave trade that spanned half of North America, carrying thousands of Native Americans into bondage in the Great Lakes, Canada, and the Caribbean. In Bonds of Alliance, Brett Rushforth reveals the dynamics of this system from its origins to the end of French colonial rule. Balancing a vast geographic and chronological scope with careful attention to the lives of enslaved individuals, this book gives voice to those who lived through the ordeal of slavery and, along the way, shaped French and Native societies.

Rather than telling a simple story of colonial domination and Native victimisation, Rushforth argues that Indian slavery in New France emerged at the nexus of two very different forms of slavery: one indigenous to North America and the other rooted in the Atlantic world. The alliances that bound French and Natives together forced a century-long negotiation over the nature of slavery and its place in early American society. Neither fully Indian nor entirely French, slavery in New France drew upon and transformed indigenous and Atlantic cultures in complex and surprising ways.

Based on thousands of French and Algonquian-language manuscripts archived in Canada, France, the United States and the Caribbean, Bonds of Alliance bridges the divide between continental and Atlantic approaches to early American history. By discovering unexpected connections between distant peoples and places, Rushforth sheds new light on a wide range of subjects, including intercultural diplomacy, colonial law, gender and sexuality, and the history of race.

Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781469613864
Number of pages: 424
Weight: 617 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 28 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
A brilliant, bold, and remarkable journey into the Indian slave system of New France.--American Historical Review


Slavery is at once ubiquitous and highly localized in this masterly work by Brett Rushforth. . . . Bonds of Alliance engages with the historiographies of native studies, early America, early modern Europe, and the history of slavery, and it enriches them all.--Journal of American History


Rushforth unravels a complex and diverse skein of social, legal, and diplomatic practices that bound Native Americans and their French counterparts. . . [and] makes several significant contributions to the field. --Journal of Southern History


[A] sharp and superb study. . . . This book challenges us to seriously re-think slavery's role, and the history of race, in French colonial projects in early Canada.--Histoire sociale/Social History


A creative combination of linguistic, archaeological, and documentary evidence. . . . It is quite amazing how much Rushforth has found. . . . Everyone interested in the history of American colonialism and slavery should read this book. Its valuable reorienting effects. . . serve as a reminder that new histories can always be found in familiar places.--Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society


[A] compelling new study. . . . A landmark of historical interpretation.--Journal of Illinois History


Artfully conceived and engagingly written."--H-Net Reviews


Through his exhaustive research and attention to larger connections, Rushforth provides perhaps the most compelling account yet of the significance of Indian slavery to early American and Atlantic histories. . . . A must-read for historians of slavery, early American history, French colonial history, Atlantic history, and American Indian history alike.--William and Mary Quarterly


Rushforth's research is impressive. . . and the writing vividly brings to life the world of the Indian slaves in New France. . . . A well-crafted, detailed history and exciting narrative.--H-France


Will surely take its rightful place beside other required readings for anyone studying the nature of Indian slavery, Indian-French relations in New France, or colonialism in the Atlantic World.--Western Historical Quarterly


Those with an interest in the complexities of native-newcomer relations, the connections of the region to greater French history, or slavery outside the American South will find Bonds of Alliance to be worthwhile reading.--Indiana Magazine of History


General readers and professional historians alike will enjoy and learn from Brett Rushforth's fresh look at slavery in colonial North America and the Caribbean. . . . He successfully blends history and historiography with narratives and analysis.--The Annals of Iowa


The extensive use of linguistic and archaeological evidence makes this a pathbreaking work. . . . Highly recommended. Graduate students, faculty.--Choice


A sophisticated analysis. . . . This academic work could also introduce a general readership to a wide range of subjects across disciplines including French colonial diplomacy, law, sexuality, race, slavery, and Latin America.--Arkansas Historical Quarterly


Sets a new standard for scholarship on Indian slaver in the French colonial world.--New West Indian Guide


Compelling...powerfully argued...brilliant...a landmark of historical interpretation.--Julie Saville, University of Chicago


Rushforth [drew] on an impressive body of French- and Algonquian-language research and created a database that traces nearly two thousand Indian slaves. Such careful research enables Rushforth to recover the lives of individuals: their work, their social worlds, the ways violence--including sexual violence--framed their experiences of slavery.--Journal of American History


Even those who disagree with the writer's arguments about race will find much of interest in this deeply researched, well-written work.--The Historian


A book that will spark debate, scholarship, and conversation for years to come. . . . A brilliant, bold, and remarkable journey into the Indian slave system of New France.--American Historical Review


An exceptional resource for the study of Indian slavery in North America.--Louisiana History


Rushforth's sweeping interpretation will intrigue scholars and casual readers interested in Midwestern history.--Middle West Review

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