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A Desolate Place for a Defiant People

A Desolate Place for a Defiant People (Hardback)

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In the 250 years before the Civil War, the Great Dismal Swamp of Virginia and North Carolina was a brutal landscape-2,000 square miles of undeveloped and unforgiving wetlands, peat bogs, impenetrable foliage, and dangerous creatures. It was also a protective refuge for marginalized communities, including Native Americans, African-American maroons, free African Americans, and outcast Europeans. Here they created their own way of life, free of the exploitation and alienation they had escaped.In the first thorough examination of this vital site, Daniel Sayers examines the area's archaeological record, exposing and unraveling the complex social and economic systems developed by these defiant communities that thrived on the periphery. He develops an analytical framework based on the complex interplay between alienation, diasporic exile, uneven geographical development, and modes of production to argue that colonialism and slavery inevitably created sustained critiques of American capitalism.Published in cooperation with the Society for Historical Archaeology.

History & PoliticsArchaeologyArchaeology by period / regionPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesAnthropologySocial & cultural anthropology Publisher: University Press of Florida Publication Date: 30/11/2014 ISBN-13: 9780813060187  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Daniel Sayers is assistant professor of anthropology at American University, USA.

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