Cabin, Quarter, Plantation
  • Jun 29, 2010
    264 p., 6 x 9
    49 b/w illus.
    ISBN: 9780300120424
  • Cloth: $55.00 tx
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Art and Architecture
Social Science

Cabin, Quarter, Plantation

Architecture and Landscapes of North American Slavery

  • Edited by Clifton Ellis and Rebecca Ginsburg


“A truly important contribution to the field of African American history and a watershed in the development of African American architecture as a field of architectural history.”—Barbara Mooney, University of Iowa

Cabin, Quarter, Plantation aims at no less than a full engagement with all aspects of the architecture of slavery. Editors Clifton Ellis and Rebecca Ginsburg have gathered a set of essays that should inspire a series of bold explorations of the buildings and structures that were--like shackles and whips--the ominous equipment of bondage across the span of three centuries.”--John Michael Vlach, George Washington University

Cabin, Quarter, Plantation offers a broad understanding of the injustices of slavery and the extent to which this system of structured inequality shaped the nation’s physical, social, cultural, and political environment. It is a splendid contribution to knowledge.”--Mary Corbin Sies, University of Maryland

“This collection of provocative essays provides a wide window through which to view the everyday life of slaves--where they worked, where they slept; what they built, what they ate; and where their space and the space of whites overlapped. Architecture and landscapes are made to reveal their secrets and show us not only systems of oppression but also the resourcefulness of slaves in resisting that oppression.”--Erskine Clarke, author of Dwelling Place: A Plantation Epic

"A comprehensive examination of the architecture and landscape of enslavement in the American south. New scholarship finds home alongside classic writings on the built environment of slavery. . . . The book breaks new ground, allowing for a thorough discussion of the topic and introducing new thought about how African building traditions established a new vernacular in the United States."--Curated Magazine

"Cabin Quarter, Plantation: Architecture and Landscapes of North American Slavery provides important perspectives on the social and political history of the continent."—Emmanuel Dabney, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society