MHS: Palatable Slavery: Food, Race, and Freedom in the British Atlantic, 1620-1838


Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

Massachusetts Historical Society Founded 1791

Heather Sanford, Brown University

This project uses food in the British Atlantic to understand ideas about the body, race, and freedom. In New England, the Caribbean, and the Gold Coast of Africa, supplies of foodstuffs sustained colonization and slavery. Food allowed for survival, and also demarcated hierarchies of class, gender, and especially race. However, subjugated populations often used food-related practices to negotiate degrees of freedom within (and in defiance of) oppressive systems of colonization and slavery.