Is Colonoware an Emblem of Enslavement?

Author(s): Laura Galke

Year: 2016


During the antebellum period the town of Manassas, Virginia, was composed of free whites, and both free and enslaved black people. In this small community material culture played a crucial role in broadcasting status amongst its anxious constituents. They lived in an atmosphere where “whiteness” connoted cleanliness, order, freedom, and privilege. An individual’s proximity to, or distance from, whiteness yielded either powerful benefits or humiliating consequences. This was a community in which colonoware pronounced status over ethnicity. Decades of archaeological investigations under the direction of the National Park Service, National Capital Region, have yielded material culture from a variety of antebellum-era domestic sites whose assemblages indicate that that the dominant ideology considered colonoware an emblem of enslavement.

Cite this Record

Is Colonoware an Emblem of Enslavement?. Laura Galke. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403795)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -84.067; min lat: 36.031 ; max long: -72.026; max lat: 43.325 ;