Back of the Big House: The Architecture of Plantation Slavery

by John Michael Vlach
© 1993 The University of North Carolina Press

This piece by John Vlach was one of the first to examine the architecture of slavery through the use of slave narratives, photographs, and architectural analysis and to do so in a comprehensive manner. Vlach's look at the outbuildings was of particular interest to me, as he is one of the few to examine how areas such as the kitchen, meathouse, and carriage house were actually areas of constant negotiation. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the complexities of plantation slavery and the way that space was regularly negotiated by planter and slave.

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