SHA Presentation: Space, Place, and Emancipation

Posted by on Jan 18, 2012 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | 5 Comments

A few weeks ago, I co-chaired a session at the Society for Historical Archaeology 45th annual Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology. The session covered the research currently being conducted at Historic St. Mary’s City, spanning four centuries, three countries, and various topics. Mine was, unsurprisingly, a look at the 19th century and the transition from slavery to freedom for the black laborers who worked on the plantation. From what I could gather, the session and paper were well received. The highlight was definitely listening to Garry Wheeler Stone, the first director of Historic St. Mary’s City and an archaeological legend, discuss our papers. It was an honor to hear him talk.

In particular, my post looks at emancipation as a process that occurs over time, not as a “shotgun moment of liberation”. This approach allows me to consider enslaved laborer’s actions of resistance to be emancipatory, and connect them to similar actions through the Civil War and into the post-slavery era. In particular, I use the negotiations of space and place on and outside of the plantation to examine how life changes for the laborers.

If you’re interested, and have 17 minutes to spare, you can watch and listen to my presentation below:

5 Comments

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    January 19, 2012

    […] friend Terry posted a talk, Place, Space, and the Process of Emancipation on a 19th Century Plantation in St. Mary’s City,…, he did for the Society for Historical Archaeology 45th annual Conference on Historical and […]

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    February 9, 2012

    […] As the evening wore on, Terry and I spent some time discussing his research work on the process of emancipation for slaves and their transformation into a free people. Very cool work that fascinates me. (If you are interested, I would recommend the talk he gave and recorded entitled Space, Place, and Emancipation.) […]

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  3. Dave Brown
    February 21, 2012

    Nicely done.  I like the format and even the sound quality was pretty good.  Entertaining and educational.  Looking forward to more of these – and you teaching me how to do this sort of thing in the future….
    dave

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    • Terry Brock
      February 22, 2012

      Dave, I will happily teach you how to do this! It’s actually pretty simple. As for sound quality: it was just me talking into my laptop built in mic. We need to sit down soon and chat about landscapes. I think we have a contribution to make, my friend!

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    • Terry Brock
      February 22, 2012

      By the way, if you want to see a really wonderful video, you must check out this one. I don’t want to say I’m a cinematic genius, but….

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