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The Virginia Forum: March 15-17, 2018
Local History and Regional Identity
Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage, Vol. 5, Issue 3 (Nov. 2016) now available
Our November 2016 issue of the Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage is available online.
Table of Contents
Contextualizing Canines, a Dog Burial, and Enslaved Life on a Virginia Plantation
Matthew C. Greer
"This database is the latest step by the Virginia Historical Society to increase access to its varied collections relating to Virginians of African descent. Since its founding in 1831, the VHS has collected unpublished manuscripts, a collection that now numbers more than 8 million processed items." (las accessed, Oct. 11, 2016)
"The Library’s African American Narrative project aims to provide greater accessibility to pre-1865 African American history and genealogy found in the rich primary sources in its holdings. Traditional description, indexing, transcription, and digitization are major parts of this effort. However, and perhaps more importantly, this project seeks to encourage conversation and engagement around the records, providing opportunities for a more grassroots and diverse narrative of the history of Virginia’s African American people." (last accessed, Oct. 11, 2016)
"The Geography of Slavery in Virginia is a digital collection of advertisements for runaway and captured slaves and servants in 18th- and 19th-century Virginia newspapers. Building on the rich descriptions of individual slaves and servants in the ads, the project offers a personal, geographical and documentary context for the study of slavery in Virginia, from colonial times to the Civil War." (last accessed, Oct. 6, 2016)
Fascinating. What about religious beliefs as a reason? In addition to the ones proposed?
Re: "We are left to wonder why they wanted to help. Did they consider it their duty to a fellow human being; did they feel the pull of friendship--or even family--ties? Or, did they stand to benefit in some way from the unique arrangement? A more thorough treatment of the economic and social networks that connected white and black members of these communities might help us to answer these crucial questions."