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The history of a Virginia slave community


"Walsh has completed a remarkable piece of scholarship. Piecing together the fragmentary bits of information about slaves appearing in the plantation and court records, she has written a rich and detailed history of a slave community living on the plantations comprising the Carter's Grove estate. Walsh shows us that though a plantation's records of its slave populations may seem scant, with careful, painstaking research, one can paint a detailed picture of their lives, one brush stroke at a time. The book is densely
packed with details both of the Burvvell family, and life on an early plantation. Most remarkable is Walsh's ability to trace the Burwell family slaves to their African origins, and document aspects of African culture retained by slaves into the 19th century. Though the sources remain silent on the individual life experiences of slaves, From Calabar to Carter's Crove is an unprecedented examination of slave life in the colonial period." Reviewed by Andrew Witmer, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

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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.
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Walsh, Lorena S.
University of Virginia Press
Charlottesville, Va.
Plantation life
Carter's Grove
World History-General
Colonial Williamsburg studies in Chesapeake history and culture
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