Back of the Big House: The Architecture of Plantation Slavery

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University of North Carolina Press, 1993 - Architecture - 258 pages
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Splendid. Using photographs and drawings from the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) dating back to the 1930s, oral histories of former slaves taken by the Federal Writers Program, antebellum travel accounts and agricultural journals, modern agricu

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User Review  - Tom Darrow - Goodreads

Pretty detailed subject material. Contains many architectural drawings and photos of slave cabins. Pretty good insight into the living conditions of slaves. Read full review

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User Review  - John - Goodreads

This would be fascinating even if there was no text, because the images are great. Vlach combed the historic buildings survey to find lots and lots of photos of buildings that predate the Civil War ... Read full review

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About the author (1993)

John Michael Vlach is professor of American studies and anthropology and director of the folklife program at The George Washington University. His books include The Planter's Prospect: Privilege and Slavery in Plantation Paintings and The Afro-American Tradition in the Decorative Arts.

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