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Slavery and Dutch-Palatine Farmers: How Did Middle Class Farmers in Revolutionary War New York Interact with Slavery?

  • Grant Cottage 1000 Mt. McGregor Wilton, NY 12831 (map)
Two men pointing at boy by Jan Luyken, c. 1711, courtesy of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Two men pointing at boy by Jan Luyken, c. 1711, courtesy of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Usually considered a southern issue, slavery played a surprising role in colonial and revolutionary era New York.  Presenter Travis Bowman will examine how slavery evolved in New York under Dutch, British, and American systems of government and how the institution was utilized at a local and personal level among Palatine immigrants and their descendants in the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys.

Travis M. Bowman is the Senior Curator of the New York State Bureau of Historic Sites, where he is responsible for the research, care, and exhibition of the collections at New York State’s historic sites and parks.