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Beyond the WallsNew Perspectives on the Archaeology of Historical Households$
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Kevin R. Fogle, James A. Nyman, and Mary C. Beaudry

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061559

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061559.001.0001

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Traditions and Tasks

Traditions and Tasks

Household Production and the Internal Economy at Dean Hall Plantation, South Carolina

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Beyond the Walls

Nicole Isenbarger

Andrew Agha

University Press of Florida

This chapter addresses the production of colonoware pottery at a plantation site in South Carolina. The authors are able to explore the ways this ceramic tradition was used by enslaved persons not only to venerate and maintain core West African cultural systems, but also how the household production of colonoware strengthened ties and created competition and differences among households within the community. They illustrate that by producing colonoware for sale, individual households engaged with the internal economy that thrived during the antebellum period of Charleston’s past. By examining what individual households chose to spend their money on, the authors are able to draw attention to what the enslaved may have valued in their own lives. Producing colonoware gave the enslaved limited power over their own labor, allowing them to make independent choices and decisions about how they would work for themselves.

Keywords:   colonoware, ceramic tradition, competition, community, antebellum, Charleston, South Carolina, West Africa, cultural systems, internal economy, household production

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