Cabin, Quarter, Plantation: Architecture and Landscapes of North American Slavery

Clifton Ellis (Editor), Rebecca Ginsburg (Editor)

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Archaeological and historical scholarship completed over the past decade has revealed much about the built environments of slavery and the daily lives of enslaved workers in North America. Cabin, Quarter, Plantation is the first book to take this new research into account and comprehensively examine the architecture and landscapes of enslavement on plantations and farms.

This important work brings together the best writing in the field, including classic pieces on slave landscapes by W. E. B. DuBois and Dell Upton, alongside new essays on such topics as the building methods that Africans brought to the American South and information about slave family units and spiritual practices that can be gathered from archaeological remains. Through deep analysis of the built environment the authors invite us to reconsider antebellum buildings, landscapes, cabins, yards, and garden plots, and what these sites can teach us about the real conditions of enslavement. The starting point in any study of slavery and the built environment, this anthology makes essential contributions to our understanding of American slavery and to the fields of landscape history and architectural history.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationNew Haven
PublisherYale University Press
Number of pages264
ISBN (Print)0300120427, 9780300120424
StatePublished - Jun 2010


  • Landscapes
  • Space (Architecture)
  • Slaves
  • Plantation life


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