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Joan & John Jackson’s Story

Part 4

Enslaved Families

Scholars and historians discuss how enslaved families were constantly threatened with separation by their enslavers. Being legally classified as property tested the resolve of enslaved families like the Jacksons in their fight to reunify loved ones.

A page of the Joshua Hempsted diary


Joshua Hempsted (English, born Connecticut colony, 1678–1758)

Some of what historians know about the life of Adam Jackson can be found in the diary of his enslaver, Joshua Hempsted.

New London County Historical Society, New London, CT.

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