Pineapples at the gates
Most Americans see pineapples as a symbol of "welcome" and "hospitality." But who knows where the symbol came from? In the 1700s, ships' captains impaled the prickly fruit on gateposts to cheer a safe return from the Caribbean, selling sugar, selling slaves. Drawing from original documents, Ten Hills Farm takes readers on a sea voyage to the New World at its earliest settlement, then leads us to the present, showing how markers of a slave past lie all about -- from the Harvard Law School seal, to the welcome mats in countless quaint New England villages.