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New scholarship provides insights into the archaeology and cultural history of African American life from a collection of sites in the Mid-Atlantic.

This groundbreaking volume explores the archaeology of African American life and cultures in the Upper Mid-Atlantic region, using sites dating from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. Sites in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York are all examined, highlighting the potential for historical archaeology to illuminate the often overlooked contributions and experiences of the region’s free and enslaved African American settlers.
 
Archaeologies of African American Life in the Upper Mid-Atlantic brings together cutting-edge scholarship from both emerging and established scholars. Analyzing the research through sophisticated theoretical lenses and employing up-to-date methodologies, the essays reveal the diverse ways in which African Americans reacted to and resisted the challenges posed by life in a borderland between the North and South through the transition from slavery to freedom. In addition to extensive archival research, contributors synthesize the material finds of archaeological work in slave quarter sites, tenant farms, communities, and graveyards.
 
Editors Michael J. Gall and Richard F. Veit have gathered new and nuanced perspectives on the important role free and enslaved African Americans played in the region’s cultural history. This collection provides scholars of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, African American studies, material culture studies, religious studies, slavery, the African diaspora, and historical archaeologists with a well-balanced array of rural archaeological sites that represent cultural traditions and developments among African Americans in the region. Collectively, these sites illustrate African Americans’ formation of fluid cultural and racial identities, communities, religious traditions, and modes of navigating complex cultural landscapes in the region under harsh and disenfranchising circumstances.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction: Exploring and Contextualizing Historic African American Life in a Cultural Borderland, 1690s to 1950s
  2. Michael J. Gall and Richard F. Veit
  3. pp. 1-18
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  1. Part I. Slavery and Material Culture
  2. pp. 19-20
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  1. 1. Identifying an Eighteenth-Century Slave Quarter Complex at the Cedar Creek Road Site in Southern Delaware
  2. William B. Liebeknecht
  3. pp. 21-36
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  1. 2. Colonoware in the Upper Mid-Atlantic and Northeast
  2. Keri J. Sansevere
  3. pp. 37-54
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  1. 3. An Archaeological View of Slavery and Social Relations at Rock Hall, Lawrence, New York
  2. Ross Thomas Rava and Christopher N. Matthews
  3. pp. 55-68
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  1. Part II. Housing, Community, and Labor
  2. pp. 69-70
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  1. 4. Navigation and Negotiation: Adaptive Strategies of a Free African American Family in Central Delaware
  2. Michael J. Gall, Glenn R. Modica, and Tabitha C. Hilliard
  3. pp. 71-87
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  1. 5. The Material Culture of Tenancy: Excavations at an African American Tenant Farm, Christiana, Pennsylvania
  2. James A. Delle
  3. pp. 88-100
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  1. 6. Mapping Marshalltown: Documentary Archaeology of a Southern New Jersey Landscape of Emancipation
  2. Janet L. Sheridan
  3. pp. 101-115
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  1. 7. Tenants on the Woodlot: The Bird-Houston Site, St. Georges Hundred, Delaware
  2. Jason P. Shellenhamer and John Bedell
  3. pp. 116-129
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  1. 8. The Relationships of Race, Class, and Food in the African American Community of Timbuctoo, New Jersey
  2. Christopher Barton
  3. pp. 130-142
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  1. Part III. Death and Memorialization
  2. pp. 143-144
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  1. 9. “Born a Slave, Died Free:” Antebellum African American Gravemarkers in Northern New Jersey
  2. Richard F. Veit and Mark Nonestied
  3. pp. 145-157
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  1. 10. Above the Valley and Below the Radar: Mount Gilead African Methodist Episcopal Church and Its Community
  2. Meagan M. Ratini
  3. pp. 158-170
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  1. 11. An African American Union Soldier Remembered: James Elbert and the African Union Church Cemetery in Polktown, Delaware
  2. David Orr
  3. pp. 171-182
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  1. Part IV. Reflections
  2. pp. 183-184
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  1. 12. Reflections on Dynamic African American Social Cultures and Communities in the Upper Mid-Atlantic, 1610s to 1950s
  2. Christopher C. Fennell
  3. pp. 185-197
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  1. 13. African American Cultures and Place in the Greater Delaware Valley Borderland, 1620s to 1920s
  2. Lu Ann De Cunzo
  3. pp. 198-212
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  1. References Cited
  2. pp. 213-256
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 257-260
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 261-272
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780817391508
Related ISBN
9780817319656
MARC Record
OCLC
1005664284
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2017-10-19
Language
English
Open Access
No
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