Race, Gender, and Consumerism in Nineteenth Century Virginia

Author(s): Lori Lee

Year: 2017


This paper uses historical and archaeological evidence to consider which consumer goods were available to enslaved men and women in nineteenth century Virginia. At the scale of local markets and stores, supply and variable adherence to laws constrained which goods were available to slaves who were able to purchase and trade for them. By comparing purchases of enslaved African Americans with purchases of whites at the same store, I assess which goods were accessible to each group. I use archaeological data to evaluate the relative significance of various goods to each group. Then I consider what choices among the goods by men and women reveal about needs, desires, opportunities, and risks.

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Race, Gender, and Consumerism in Nineteenth Century Virginia. Lori Lee. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435458)

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Temporal Keywords
Nineteenth Century

Spatial Coverage

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

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PaperId(s): 474