Southern Colonial Backcountry: Interdisciplinary Perspectives / Edition 1

Southern Colonial Backcountry: Interdisciplinary Perspectives / Edition 1

by David Colin Crass
     
 

ISBN-10: 1572330198

ISBN-13: 9781572330191

Pub. Date: 12/28/1998

Publisher: University of Tennessee Press

This book brings a variety of fresh perspectives to bear on the diverse people and settlements of the eighteenth- and early-nineteenth-century southern backcountry. Reflecting the growth of interdisciplinary studies in addressing the backcountry, the volume specifically points to the use of history, archaeology, geography, and material culture studies in examining

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This book brings a variety of fresh perspectives to bear on the diverse people and settlements of the eighteenth- and early-nineteenth-century southern backcountry. Reflecting the growth of interdisciplinary studies in addressing the backcountry, the volume specifically points to the use of history, archaeology, geography, and material culture studies in examining communities on the southern frontier. Through a series of case studies and overviews, the contributors use cross-disciplinary analysis to look at community formation and maintenance in the backcountry areas of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

These essays demonstrate how various combinations of research strategies, conceptual frameworks, and data can afford a new look at a geographical area and its settlement. The contributors offer views on the evolution of backcountry communities by addressing such topics as migration, kinship, public institutions, transportation and communications networks, land markets and real estate claims, and the role of agricultural development in the emergence of a regional economy. In their discussions of individuals in the backcountry, they also explore the multiracial and multiethnic character of southern frontier society.

Yielding new insights unlikely to emerge under a single disciplinary analysis, The Southern Colonial Backcountry  is a unique volume that highlights the need for interdisciplinary approaches to the backcountry while identifying common research problems in the field.

The Editors: David Colin Crass is the archaeological services unit manager at the Historic Preservation Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Steven D. Smith is the head of the Cultural Resources Consulting Division of the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Antrhopology.

Martha A. Zierden is curator of historical archaeology at The Charleston Museum.

Richard D. Brooks is the administrative manager of the Savannah River Archeological Research Program, South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Antrhopology.

The Contributors: Monica L. Beck, Edward Cashin, Charles H. Faulkner, Elizabeth Arnett Fields, Warren R. Hofstra, David C. Hsiung, Kenneth E. Lewis, Donald W. Linebaugh, Turk McCleskey, Robert D. Mitchell, Michael J. Puglisi, Daniel B. Thorp.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572330191
Publisher:
University of Tennessee Press
Publication date:
12/28/1998
Edition description:
1
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Southern Frontier Communities Viewed through the Archaeological Eye
1The Southern Backcountry: A Geographical House Divided1
2Muddied Waters: A Discussion of Current Interdisciplinary Backcountry Studies36
3Shadow Land: Provisional Real Estate Claims and Anglo-American Settlement in Southwestern Virginia56
4From Creeks to Crackers69
5Taverns and Communities: The Case of Rowan County, North Carolina76
6Economic Development in the South Carolina Backcountry: A View from Camden87
7"A Fer Ways Off from the Big House": The Changing Nature of Slavery in the South Carolina Backcountry108
8"Here Are Frame Houses and Brick Chimneys": Knoxville, Tennessee, in the Late Eighteenth Century137
9"Seeing" Early Appalachian Communities through the Lenses of History, Geography, and Sociology162
10Between Two Cultures: Judge John Martin and the Struggle for Cherokee Sovereignty182
11Folk Art, Architecture, and Artifact: Toward a Material Understanding of the German Culture in the Upper Valley of Virginia200
Epilogue: Interdisciplinary Dialogues on the Southern Colonial Backcountry, 1893-1998221
Selected Bibliography237
Contributors249
Index253

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