From Calabar to Carter's Grove / Edition 1

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The history of a Virginia slave community
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Offering a collective portrait of a 17th and 18th century tidewater Virginia slave community, historian Walsh (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation) provides a model multigenerational research perspective on antebellum slavery (including for a time, white indentured servants): its origins, culture, group evolution, and "the contours of daily living." The text is enhanced by b&w illustrations, documents, and notes on methodology. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
The paper edition of a work first published in 1997, this history had its genesis in what began as a routine lecture on plantation agriculture. Walsh, a historian with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, was trying to help interpreters develop their presentations about a reconstructed 1750s slave quarter at Carter's Grove, VA. But the historical record revealed little about the slaves' lives beyond numbers, names, and ages. Walsh, digging deeper, found that while the disparate pieces of evidence said little about blacks as individuals, they could be made to divulge a rich and complex history of the Carter's Grove slaves as a group. The links she followed stretch back to the 1660s and forward into the early 19th century. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Introduction 1
I The York-Gloucester Branch 22
II The Africans 53
III The Africans at Carter's Grove 81
IV The Joining of the Two Groups 109
V A New Creole Generation and a New Culture 134
VI The Contours of Daily Living 171
VII Moving West 204
Conclusion 220
App. 1 Bacon and Burwell Slaves, 1692-1719 228
App. 2 Burwell Family Slaves, 1714-1814 232
App. 3 The Formation and Dispersal of Branches of the Carter's Grove Slave Community 265
Notes 267
Bibliography of Primary Sources 315
Suggestions for Further Reading 321
Index 323
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