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Bonds of Alliance

Indigenous and Atlantic Slaveries in New France

Brett Rushforth

Cloth ISBN 978-0-8078-3558-6

Copyright 2012 by the University of North Carolina Press

A Prize-Winning Book

  FEEGI Biennial Book Prize (2013)
  Merle Curti Award in Social History, Organization of American Historians (2013)
  Mary Alice and Philip Boucher Book Prize, French Colonial Historical Society (2013)
  Laurence Wylie Prize in French and Francophone Cultural Studies, Center for French and Francophone Studies at Duke University (2012–2013)
  Finalist, Frederick Douglass Book Prize, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition (2013)

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“In this pioneering effort to unite Atlantic and ethnohistorical approaches to colonial North American history, Brett Rushforth traces the traffic in Native American captives from the continental heartland into slavery in French Canada and on the sugar plantations of the Caribbean. Bonds of Alliance is a highly original, thoroughly researched, and strongly argued study that forces us to rethink the received wisdom on Native-French relations.”

--Allan Greer, McGill University

“Brilliantly bringing together Native American and Atlantic History, Bonds of Alliance offers a nuanced analysis of shifting forms, meanings, and experiences of slavery. Rushforth draws on prodigious and wide-ranging research, using travel narratives, social history, and linguistic analysis to tell a rich and vivid story. A tremendous contribution to our understanding of the French Atlantic.”

--Laurent Dubois, Duke University

“Avec Bonds of Alliance, l’histoire de l’esclavage en Amérique ne sera plus jamais la même. Porté par une écriture puissante et par une époustouflante érudition, l’ouvrage de Brett Rushforth montre que non seulement plusieurs systèmes serviles ont coexisté sur le continent américain à l’époque moderne mais aussi qu’ils opéraient à des échelles et à des fins bien différentes que ce qu’a retenu l’historiographie.”

--Dominique Deslandres, Université de Montréal

“Rushforth imaginatively uses French and Native sources to illuminate a largely forgotten but vitally important chapter of the American encounter. . . . He never loses sight of the human stories, especially of enslaved Natives, which form the larger patterns he has found. A remarkable achievement.”

--James H. Merrell, Vassar College