Invisibility and Intersectionality: Seeking Free Black Women in Antebellum Kentucky

Author(s): C. Broughton Anderson

Year: 2018


Investigation into the lifeways of freedman George White suggest a successful businessman with the means to purchase and keep approximately 300 acres, to purchase and emancipate his family, and to build a safe community for his family and other freed slaves in eastern Kentucky.  However, documentary research revealed only small fragments about the female members of his family. The women are, for the most part, invisible.  This paper uses intersectionality as a theoretical lens to explore the invisibility of free black women in the Antebellum Kentucky.   Taking into consideration the multiple layers of social relationships and social constructions of the Antebellum period as well as our own contemporary struggles with race, class, and gender, how can we better query the material traces of freed women?  More importantly, perhaps, can intersectionality allow for a more nuanced exploration into the processes of invisibility and erasure of women?

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Invisibility and Intersectionality: Seeking Free Black Women in Antebellum Kentucky. C. Broughton Anderson. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441340)


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

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 741