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Other titles in the Fred W. Morrison Series in Southern Studies series:
Back of the Big House: The Architecture of Plantation Slavery (Fred W. Morrison Series in Southern Studies)by John Michael Vlach
Synopses & Reviews
Interweaves contemporary reports, oral histories of former slaves and archaeological evidence of surviving outbuildings in an unemotional but powerful manner.
New York Times Book Review A book that is at once album, introduction, and overview of the complexity and diversity of southern plantation architecture.
South Carolina Historical Magazine This is a solid piece of documentation which forcefully illuminates a neglected yet pivotal aspect of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century reality.
Maryland Historical Magazine One of the most user-friendly studies of African-American material culture ever written.
American Historical Review
Book News Annotation:
Covers utility buildings--dairies, kitchens, smokehouses as well as slave quarters.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Exploring the structures and spaces used by slaves on antebellum plantations, Vlach shows how slaves subtly appropriated this landscape as their own. These newly claimed spaces fostered a feeling of community that served as a seedbed for further resistance and for the invention and maintenance of a distinctive African American culture. 206 illustrations. A New York Times Notable Book.
Splendid. Using photographs and drawings from the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) dating back to the 1930s, oral histories of former slaves taken by the Federal Writers Program, antebellum travel accounts and agricultural journals, modern agricultural histories, and the vast literature on the history of slavery, Vlach deftly weaves an account of plantation life in the slave's territory, back of the 'Big House.
Design Book Review
Includes bibliographical references (p. 237-250) and index.
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