The Revelatory Power of a Button: Families Divided, Families Reunited
Author(s): Jodi Barnes
A VMI Cadet button was recovered in the shed kitchen of an African American tenant family in the Blue Ridge Mountain of Virginia. The button provides powerful interpretive information about the genealogies of slavery and the fission and fusion of families (both Black and White) before and after the Civil War.
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The Revelatory Power of a Button: Families Divided, Families Reunited. Jodi Barnes. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436713)