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Overview

The moral mission archaeology set in motion by black activists in the 1960s and 1970s sought to tell the story of Americans, particularly African Americans, forgotten by the written record. Today, the archaeological study of African-American life is no longer simply an effort to capture unrecorded aspects of black history or to exhume the heritage of a neglected community. Archaeologists now recognize that one cannot fully comprehend the European colonial experience in the Americas without understanding its African counterpart.

This collection of essays reflects and extends the broad spectrum of scholarship arising from this expanded definition of African-American archaeology, treating such issues as the analysis and representation of cultural identity, race, gender, and class; cultural interaction and change; relations of power and domination; and the sociopolitics of archaeological practice. "I, Too, Am America" expands African-American archaeology into an inclusive historical vision and identifies promising areas for future study.

University of Virginia Press

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A collection of essays celebrating and reflecting the spectrum of scholarship arising from an expanded definition of African-American archaeology, treating such issues as the analysis and presentation of cultural identity, race, and gender, cultural interaction and change, relations of power and domination, and the sociopolitics of archaeological practice. Essays are in sections on African-American identity and material culture, plantation contexts, and beyond the plantation. Includes b&w photos of artifacts and historical sites, plus b&w maps. The editor is affiliated with the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, and the anthropology department at Syracuse University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813918433
  • Publisher: University of Virginia
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Theresa A. Singleton is Curator in Historical Archaeology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, and Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Syracuse University. She is the editor of The Archaeology of Slavery and Plantation Life, and has written numerous articles on African American archaeology.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
1 An Introduction to African-American Archaeology 1
Pt. I African-American Identity and Material Culture
2 West Africanist Reflections on African-American Archaeology 21
3 Archaeology at Flowerdew Hundred 39
4 African Inspirations in a New World Art and Artifact: Decorated Pipes from the Chesapeake 47
5 Colonoware Pottery, Chesapeake Pipes, and "Uncritical Assumptions" 83
6 "The Cross Is a Magic Sign": Marks on Eighteenth-Century Bowls from South Carolina 116
7 Oceans Apart: Africanist Perspectives on Diaspora Archaeology 132
Pt. II Plantation Contexts
8 Constructing Difference: The Social and Spatial Order of the Chesapeake Plantation 159
9 Archaeology and Ethnohistory of the Caribbean Plantation 173
10 "Your Humble Servant": Free Artisans in the Monticello Community 193
11 Food Supply and Plantation Social Order: An Archaeological Perspective 218
12 Museums and American Slavery 240
Pt. III Beyond the Plantation
13 Fort Mose: Earliest Free African-American Town in the United States 261
14 Elmwood: The Archaeology of Twentieth-Century African-American Pioneers in the Great North Woods 283
Pt. IV Epilogue
15 Artifacts, Ethnicity, and the Archaeology of African Americans 299
References 311
Contributors 351
Index 353
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