Comparing alternative landscapes: power negotiations in enslaved communities in Louisiana and the Bahamas, an archaeological and historical perspective

dc.contributor.advisorWilson, Samuel M.en
dc.creatorAnderson, Nesta Jeanen
dc.date.accessioned2008-08-28T22:02:19Zen
dc.date.available2008-08-28T22:02:19Zen
dc.date.issued2004en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation compares the lives of enslaved people of African descent living at Rosedown Plantation in Louisiana with the lives of enslaved people of African descent living at several plantations in the Bahamas. This comparison explores how people living in these oppressive contexts negotiated power over their own lives according to local circumstances and contexts. Archaeological and historical data provide the basis for this study. Through an analysis of material culture recovered from the location of some of the slave quarters at Rosedown, basic assemblage attributes are established for comparison with the published descriptions of material culture recovered from enslaved living contexts at Oakley Plantation in Louisiana and several plantations in the Bahamas. This analysis, complemented by the historical record in both Louisiana and the Bahamas, uncovers several themes occurring throughout the data. These themes include levels of control, levels of surveillance, resistance, medicine, spirituality, and informal law, and are all aspects of the negotiation of power between slaveowners and enslaved people.
dc.description.departmentAnthropologyen
dc.format.mediumelectronicen
dc.identifierb59408935en
dc.identifier.oclc58651668en
dc.identifier.proqst3150533en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/1470en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.rightsCopyright is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en
dc.subject.lcshSlavery--Louisiana--Historyen
dc.subject.lcshSlavery--Bahamas--Historyen
dc.subject.lcshPlantation life--Louisiana--Historyen
dc.subject.lcshPlantation life--Bahamas--Historyen
dc.titleComparing alternative landscapes: power negotiations in enslaved communities in Louisiana and the Bahamas, an archaeological and historical perspectiveen
dc.type.genreThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentAnthropologyen
thesis.degree.disciplineAnthropologyen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen

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