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Personal Adornment in the Context of Antebellum Slavery at Poplar Forest (1830-1858)

Author(s): Lori Lee

Year: 2013

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Objects classified as personal adornment are often vested with meanings that reveal significant insight into their owners because they are personal. The context in which objects are used is critical to understanding potential meanings. This essay considers the recontextualization of personal adornment items, particularly glass beads, a pierced coin, and an alloy fastener, used by enslaved laborers at antebellum Poplar Forest plantation. The enslaved mobilized these forms of material culture in shared and idiosyncratic ways to gain varying degrees of control over elements of their daily lives, such as health, well-being, family life, and self-definition.


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Personal Adornment in the Context of Antebellum Slavery at Poplar Forest (1830-1858). Lori Lee. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428433)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 647

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America