Author Talk on Slavery and Resistance in Dutch New York with Andrea Mosterman (Friday, May 20)

The Hudson Area Library History Room, in collaboration with the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History, presents Spaces of Enslavement: A History of Slavery and Resistance in Dutch New York , an author talk by Andrea Mosterman. A Q & A will follow book discussion and reading by the author and there will be copies available for purchase and signing.

Date/Time: Friday, May 20, 6-7:30pm
Location: Hudson Area Library Community Room. Masks are required for attendance.
Registration: No registration is required. Seating is limited and available on a first-come basis

Spaces of Enslavement (Cornell University Press, October 2021) explores the history of slavery and resistance in Dutch New York. Through examination of homes, Dutch Reformed churches, and public spaces, the book shows how Dutch American enslavers increasingly used their dominance over these spaces to control the people they enslaved. It also explores how enslaved people resisted such control by escaping or modifying these spaces and expanding their mobility and activities within them. Close analysis of these spaces demonstrates that slavery in New York was not somehow more benign than slavery in the plantation South.


Andrea Mosterman is associate professor in Atlantic History and Joseph Tregle Professor in Early American History at the University of New Orleans. She researches slavery and the slave trade in the Dutch Atlantic world. Her book Spaces of Enslavement: A History of Slavery and Resistance in Dutch New York (Cornell University Press, October 2021) has won the 2020 Hendricks Award for best book-length manuscript relating to New Netherland and the Dutch colonial experience.

The Jacob Leisler Library Lectures are made partially possible through the generous support of the Van Dyke Family Foundation and Hudson River Bank & Trust.