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A Desolate Place for a Defiant PeopleThe Archaeology of Maroons, Indigenous Americans, and Enslaved Laborers in the Great Dismal Swamp$
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Daniel Sayers

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060187

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060187.001.0001

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Two Hundred and Fifty Years of Community Praxis in the Great Dismal Swamp

Two Hundred and Fifty Years of Community Praxis in the Great Dismal Swamp

Some Concluding Thoughts

(p.200) 6 Two Hundred and Fifty Years of Community Praxis in the Great Dismal Swamp
A Desolate Place for a Defiant People

Daniel O. Sayers

University Press of Florida

Chapter 6 focuses upon emerging ideas on the details and significance of the changes within the swamp starting around 1800 with the intrusion of canal and lumber companies. It is suggested that the archaeological record of the nameless site indicates that, while changes certainly were happening within the site’s community after 1800, they do not indicate that the basic norms and principles of the community likely remained intact until the Civil War. But the changes evidenced do likely include an increase in community defense initiatives owing to the proximity of agents of the outside world in the swamp after ca. 1800. It is also suggested that interior community participation in the informal markets developed among canal company workers may have actually helped to secure the safety of nameless site residents. Ethnic markers, evidences of spirituality, and other identity-related issues are discussed, particularly why such issues were not addressed to a great degree in the overall analysis. Finally, the potential public and political importance of the social history of the Dismal Swamp is discussed.

Keywords:   Community transformation, Nineteenth Century, Community Defense, Contemporary relevance

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