On May 17, 2022 the Holland Society of New York hosted it first presentation of the Holland Society of New York’s 2022 Lecture Series at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery.
Dr. Andrea Mosterman. Ph.D.’s presented “Spaces of Enslavement and Resistance in Dutch New York”.
In her presentation, Mosterman explored the history of slavery and resistance in Dutch New York, from 1627 to 1827. Through examination of Dutch American homes, Dutch Reformed churches, and public spaces in predominantly Dutch American communities, she shows how Dutch American enslavers increasingly used their dominance over these spaces to control the people they enslaved, while enslaved people resisted such control by escaping or modifying these spaces and expanding their mobility and activities within them.
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. Watch the video here.