A Desolate Place For A Defiant People


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Sayers examines the Great Dismal Swamp's archaeological record from ca. 1600 until the time of the Civil War, exposing and unraveling the complex social and economic systems developed by the thousands of Indigenous Americans, Africa American maroons, free African Americans, enslaved company workers, and outcast Europeans who made the Swamp their home.

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Author by Daniel O. Sayers
Genre eBook History
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ISBN Number 0813060184

Slavery S Exiles


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Over more than two centuries men, women, and children escaped from slavery to make the Southern wilderness their home. They hid in the mountains of Virginia and the low swamps of South Carolina; they stayed in the neighborhood or paddled their way to secluded places; they buried themselves underground or built comfortable settlements. Known as maroons, they lived on their own or set up communities in swamps or other areas where they were not likely to be discovered. Although well-known, feared, celebrated or demonized at the time, the maroons whose stories are the subject of this book have been forgotten, overlooked by academic research that has focused on the Caribbean and Latin America. Who the American maroons were, what led them to choose this way of life over alternatives, what forms of marronage they created, what their individual and collective lives were like, how they organized themselves to survive, and how their particular story fits into the larger narrative of slave resistance are questions that this book seeks to answer. To survive, the American maroons reinvented themselves, defied slave society, enforced their own definition of freedom and dared create their own alternative to what the country had delineated as being black men and women’s proper place. Audacious, self-confident, autonomous, sometimes self-sufficient, always self-governing; their very existence was a repudiation of the basic tenets of slavery.

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Author by Sylviane A. Diouf
Genre eBook History
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ISBN Number 9780814760284

Archaeologists As Activists


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A series of essays examines the ways in which archaeologists can and do use their research into the distant past to help solve the problems of today and beyond. Simultaneous.

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Author by M. Jay Stottman
Genre eBook Social Science
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ISBN Number 9780817356224

Maroons And The Marooned


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Contributions by Richard Bodek, Claire P. Curtis, Joseph Kelly, Simon Lewis, Steve Mentz, J. Brent Morris, Peter Sands, Edward Shore, and James O'Neil Spady Commonly, the word maroon refers to someone cast away on an island. One becomes marooned, usually, through a storm at sea or by a captain as a method of punishment. But the term originally denoted escaped slaves. Though being marooned came to be associated mostly with white European castaways, the etymology invites comparison between true maroons (escaped slaves establishing new lives in the wilderness) and people who were marooned (through maritime disaster). This volume brings together literary scholars with historians, encompassing both literal maroons such as in Brazil and South Carolina as well as metaphoric scenarios in time-travel novels and postapocalyptic narratives. Included are examples from The Tempest; Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy; A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court; and Octavia Butler’s Kindred. Both runaways and castaways formed new societies in the wilderness. But true maroons, escaped slaves, were not cast away; they chose to fly towards the uncertainties of the wild in pursuit of freedom. In effect, this volume gives these maroons proper credit, at the very heart of American history.

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Author by Richard Bodek
Genre eBook History
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ISBN Number 9781496827234

Karl Marx Anthropologist


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Explores how this most influential of modern thinkers is still highly relevant to anthropology today.

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Author by Thomas C. Patterson
Genre eBook Biography & Autobiography
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ISBN Number 9781845205119

Uncommon Ground


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Winner of the Southern Anthropological Society's prestigious James Mooney Award, Uncommon Ground takes a unique archaeological approach to examining early African American life. Ferguson shows how black pioneers worked within the bars of bondage to shape their distinct identity and lay a rich foundation for the multicultural adjustments that became colonial America.Through pre-Revolutionary period artifacts gathered from plantations and urban slave communities, Ferguson integrates folklore, history, and research to reveal how these enslaved people actually lived. Impeccably researched and beautifully written.

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Author by Leland Ferguson
Genre eBook Social Science
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ISBN Number 9781588343581

The Fabulous History Of The Dismal Swamp Company


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Traces the development of the Dismal Swamp Company

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Author by Charles Royster
Genre eBook History
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ISBN Number UOM:39015047548832

Narrative Of The Life Of Moses Grandy


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This book is a slave narrative, written by former slave, Moses Grandy.

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Author by Moses Grandy
Genre eBook Electronic books
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ISBN Number UOM:69015000002697

Maroon Societies


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"Price breaks new ground in the study of slave resistance in his 'hemispheric' view of Maroon societies." -- Journal of Ethnic Studies

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Author by Richard X. Price
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ISBN Number 0844650757

Glory Over Everything


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Continues the story of Jamie Pyke, son of a slave and the master of Tall Oaks plantation, whose deadly secret compels him to take a treacherous journey through the Underground Railroad.

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Author by Kathleen Grissom
Genre eBook Fugitive slaves
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ISBN Number 9781476748443