Blurred Boundaries: Internal and Illicit Plantation Economies

Author(s): Kevin Fogle

Year: 2015


Craft production, hired time, personal cotton plots, theft, and diverse trade networks created a patchwork of economic opportunities for several hundred slaves on Witherspoon Island, a 19th century cotton plantation in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. This paper explores the impact of household and community involvement in a myriad of economic practices that were at times sanctioned, expressly forbidden, or tacitly accepted by the plantation management. When the archaeological and documentary records are overlaid, they offer a fragmentary glimpse of production, consumption and exchange within this large enslaved community on an absentee plantation.

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Blurred Boundaries: Internal and Illicit Plantation Economies. Kevin Fogle. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433851)

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