Wendy Warren is an associate professor at Princeton University. She specializes in the history of colonial North America and the early modern Atlantic World. She is particularly interested in the day-to-day practice of colonization, and in the negotiations and conflicts that exist between would-be rulers and the unruly. She joined the Princeton history department after holding a junior research fellowship at Christ Church College, Oxford University. Professor Warren's first book, New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America (2016), described the lived experience of chattel bondage in seventeenth-century New England, illuminating the deadly symbiosis between slavery and colonization in the Atlantic World. New England Bound won the 2017 Organization of American Historians' Merle Curti Social History Prize, and was a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the Berkshire Conference Book Prize, and the Harriet Tubman Prize. She has also published in the Journal of American History, the William and Mary Quarterly, and Slavery and Abolition, among other venues. Professor Warren is currently writing "The Carceral Colony," an exploration of the role of prisons in the colonization of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century North America.
This lecture explains how slavery was crucial to the building of all English colonial societies, even in the far-flung Puritan colonies of New England. By centering the lives of enslaved people who found themselves in the region alongside Pilgrims and Puritans, the lecture broadens our understanding of the lived experience of chattel slavery.