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Ancestors of Worthy Life: Plantation Slavery and Black Heritage at Mount Clare
By Paul A. Shackel (foreword by) and Teresa S. Moyer
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Publisher Univ Pr of Florida
Publication date January 13, 2015
Pages 217
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780813060460
ISBN-10 081306046X
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 1 lbs.
Original list price $74.95
Other format details university press
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“A tour de force. Moyer goes beyond critique to give us a richly contextualized study, demonstrating that inclusive interpretation of plantation and other historic house museum sites can be done and that the failure to do so is a political act rooted in systemic racism.”—David T. Palmer, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
 
“An uncommonly detailed, frank, and balanced discussion of racialized practice at a historic site museum.”—Kirsti Uunila, historic preservation planner, Calvert County, Maryland
 
Enslaved African Americans helped transform the United States economy, culture, and history. Yet these individuals’ identities, activities, and sometimes their very existence are often all but expunged from historically preserved plantations and house museums. Reluctant to show and interpret the homes and lives of the enslaved, many sites have never shared the stories of the African Americans who once lived and worked on their land. One such site is Mount Clare near Baltimore, Maryland, where Teresa Moyer pulls no punches in her critique of racism in historic preservation.
           
In her balanced discussion, Moyer examines the inextricably entangled lives of the enslaved, free blacks, and white landowners. Her work draws on evidence from archaeology, history, geology, and other fields to explore the ways that white privilege continues to obscure the contributions of blacks at Mount Clare. She demonstrates that a landscape’s post-emancipation history can make a powerful statement about black heritage. Ultimately she argues that the inclusion of enslaved persons in the history of these sites would honor these “ancestors of worthy life,” make the social good of public history available to African Americans, and address systemic racism in America.


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With Paul A. Shackel (other contributor) | from Univ Pr of Florida (January 13, 2015)
9780813060460 | details & prices | 217 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $74.95
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