All The Single Ladies: Queering Race In The 19th Century Through The Materiality of African-American Female-Headed Households
Unspoken in discussions of heteronormativity is not only the assumption that couples are straight, but also that they are white and middle class. Thus, by definition. as non-heteronormative households, black families can be considered queer. In this paper, we explore the ways that queer theory offers new intellectual opportunities and frameworks to explore archaeologies of race and racialization. Using case studies from 19th century Louisiana and Illinois, we will examine the households and labors of African-American women and demonstrate power of a queer framework to explore the ways that race and class intersect with gender practice and performance to create queer identities.
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All The Single Ladies: Queering Race In The 19th Century Through The Materiality of African-American Female-Headed Households. Laurie A. Wilkie, Annelise E. Morris. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434170)
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