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Beyond the Patriarchy: A Feminine Examination of Montpelier's Shifting Landscape

Author(s): Christine H Heacock

Year: 2016

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The physical landscape at James Madison's Montpelier underwent drastic changes between the mansion's original construction in 1764 and the end of Madison's life in 1836. These modifications paralleled Madison's rise in social status and increase of political power. This paper seeks to examine the ways in which a male's upward trajectory in the public sphere and subsequent changes to his home led to feminine renegotiations of place in a continually modified space. This paper utilizes archaeological evidence, historical documents, and landscape modifications to give the perspective of women, both free and enslaved, on the Piedmont plantation.

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Beyond the Patriarchy: A Feminine Examination of Montpelier's Shifting Landscape. Christine H Heacock. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434952)


Spatial Coverage

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

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PaperId(s): 891

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