Center for Library Partnerships

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Sermons, Slavery, and Scandal: The Printed Worlds of Early Boston, 1660

Boston Public Library, July 15-September 30, 2009

Image of Sermons, Slavery & Scandal in Early Boston flyer

While we know that Boston was from its beginnings a city organized around the study of the word, we have tended to imagine that reading community as a disembodied entity, one which left earthly concerns behind for the contemplation of scripture. This exhibit invited reconsideration of the origins of our city of readers and writers by revealing how the print culture of early Boston reflected its bodies and borders, particularly its lines of race and gender.

"Sermons, Slavery, and Scandal" was the culmination of a graduate course on the early literature of Boston offered by the Department of English, University of Massachusetts Boston.