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The Revelatory Power of a Button: Families Divided, Families Reunited

Author(s): Jodi Barnes

Year: 2014

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Summary

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)


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PaperId(s): SYM-14,11

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