Author: Jane Lancaster

Jane Lancaster holds a PhD in history from Brown University. In an eclectic publishing career she wrote Making Time, a prizewinning biography of efficiency engineer subtitled Wasn’t She the Mother in Cheaper by the Dozen?, followed by a history of the Providence Athenaeum, Inquire Within, one on Emily Post’s 1916 cross-country journey By Motor to the Golden Gate, and then co-authored a book on the Providence Marine Corps of Artillery. Her current work involves Black Loyalists and their role in American, British, and colonial history. She was born in England and has lived in Providence, Rhode Island since the 1980s.

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Eight Clues: Recovering a Life in Fragments, Arthur Bowler in Slavery and Freedom

In January 1792 forty-three-year-old Arthur Bowler left Halifax, Nova Scotia, on his second Transatlantic journey. Captured in Africa almost thirty years earlier, enslaved in Newport, Rhode Island, for nearly twenty years, a free man for ten, he was returning to Africa. He left fragmentary clues buried in archives on three continents which illuminate an “ordinary” […]

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