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Speaking for the Enslaved
Heritage Interpretation at Antebellum Plantation Sites
Antoinette T Jackson (Author)
178 pp. / 6.00 x 9.00 / Jun, 2012
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  - African & African Diaspora Studies
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Focusing on the agency of enslaved Africans and their descendants in the South, this work argues for the systematic unveiling and recovery of subjugated knowledge, histories, and cultural practices of
"Speaking for the Enslaved is a well-researched and documented multidisciplinary resource for public historians looking to interpret or reinterpret plantation sites.The book is full of illustrations and tables that can be used as models and applied to sites anywhere. It will also be a useful tool for professional development training at sites, meetings,conferences,or wherever public historians gather. Finally, Jackson situates her study within the context of other scholars’ work, and this will engender lively discussions between academics and their students. "


"Speaking for the Enslaved is a critical intervention in the fields of cultural heritage management, cultural heritage tourism, and cultural preservation. The vivid tone and writing style of this book is both inviting and informative. It has a delicate balance of fact, theory, and personal reflection. "

- Whitney Battle-Baptiste, American Anthropologist

"With a keen eye for detail, sharp analytical insight, and methodological innovation, Jackson’s book ends the practice of privileging the powerful at plantation museum heritage sites and gives voice to those previously silenced. "

- Stephen Small, University of California, Berkeley

" Antoinette Jackson's book is about extending and complicating the history of African Americans, and providing a new and more inclusive perspective for our national public memory. Speaking for the Enslaved lays a foundation to challenge the dominant narrative and it shows how the descendant community can add a more inclusive and textured story about the past. "

- From the Foreword by Paul Shackel, University of Maryland

those traditionally silenced and overlooked by national heritage projects and national public memories. Jackson uses both ethnographic and ethnohistorical data to show the various ways African Americans actively created and maintained their own heritage and cultural formations. Viewed through the lens of four distinctive plantation sites—including the one on which that the ancestors of First Lady Michelle Obama lived—everyday acts of living, learning, and surviving profoundly challenge the way American heritage has been constructed and represented. A fascinating, critical view of the ways culture, history, social policy, and identity influence heritage sites and the business of heritage research management in public spaces.

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