On The Rim Of The Southern Cause: Quaker Potters In The Confederate Capital

Author(s): Oliver Mueller-Heubach

Year: 2015


In Richmond, capital of the Confederacy, northerners, free blacks, and Quakers operating on the periphery of the Southern cause challenged its basic foundations. Here, overlooking the James River and its busy docks at ‘Rocketts,’ stood the stoneware pottery of the Quaker Parr family. Already prominent potters in Baltimore, the Parrs came to Richmond a decade earlier and now partnered with a local auctioneer of Quaker extraction. In trying to keep their operation afloat, the Parrs came up against the Confederate military, con artists, local newspapers, and ideological division within their own family. In spite of these difficulties, the family business would enjoy a half-century as a local institution before succumbing to the more mundane threats of market forces. This study of craft and belief under siege is based on my dissertation on the archaeology and history of Richmond’s potteries.

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On The Rim Of The Southern Cause: Quaker Potters In The Confederate Capital. Oliver Mueller-Heubach. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434022)

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Temporal Keywords
American Civil War

Spatial Coverage

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

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PaperId(s): 358