World of a Slave: Encyclopedia of the Material Life of Slaves in the United States [2 volumes]: Encyclopedia of the Material Life of Slaves in the United States (Google eBook)
Kym S. Rice, Martha B. Katz-Hyman
ABC-CLIO, Dec 13, 2010 - Social Science - 581 pages
Although many encyclopedias discuss slavery, enslaved blacks, and African American life and culture, none focus on the material world of slaves, such as what they saw; touched; heard; ate, drank, and smoked; wore; worked with and in; used, cultivated, crafted, played, and played with; and slept on. The two-volume World of a Slave: Encyclopedia of the Material Life of Slaves in the United StateS≪/i> is a landmark work in this important new field of study.
Recognizing that a full understanding of the complexity of American slavery and its legacy requires an understanding of the material culture of slavery, the encyclopedia includes entries on almost every aspect of that material culture, beginning in the 17th century and extending through the Civil War. Readers will find information on animals, documents, economy, education and literacy, food and drink, home, music, personal items, places, religion, rites of passage, slavery, structures, and work. There are also introductory essays on literacy and oral culture and on music and dance.
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World of a Slave: Encyclopedia of the Material Life of Slaves in the United StatesUser Review - Patrick Owens - Book Verdict
Independent curator Katz-Hyman and Rice (director, museum studies, George Washington Univ.) have produced the first specialized encyclopedia on the material culture of slavery in the United States ... Read full review