Where Is All My Relation?

The Poetics of Dave the Potter

Author: Michael A. Chaney

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199390215

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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Where Is All My Relation? presents the first sustained academic discussion of the poetry, pottery, and culture of David Drake, an antebellum slave who distinguished himself by composing verse on the ceramics he produced in the years leading up to the Civil War. During the 1830s, 40s, and 50s, he incised couplets and signatures (a singular "Dave") onto the incredibly large storage vessels that he made. In fact, his stoneware pots and jars are among the largest made in North America during the antebellum era, and craft enthusiasts and appraisers are still proclaiming their precision and ambitious volume. Rich with biblical allusions, historical facts, and personal opinions, his art provides unique insights into the lives of slaves, craftsmen, and the culture of the American South in the first half of the nineteenth century. The essays here engage with the historical context and major issues that Drake's work provokes, among them: prohibitions against slave literacy; Drake's privileged status compared to other slaves at the time; the interpretive status of his material craft objects; the influence of contemporary African American poet George Moses Horton; and Drake's ability to sell his pottery despite the fact that slaves were not officially permitted to participate in a cash economy. Featuring essays by literary critics, art-historians, archaeologists, and curators, Where Is All My Relation? provides a window into the world of nineteenth century material culture and expands our traditional understanding of the slave-narrative genre.

Great & Noble Jar

Traditional Stoneware of South Carolina

Author: Cinda K. Baldwin

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820346160

Category: Art

Page: 234

View: 5097

First published in 1993, this was the first authoritative study of South Carolina stoneware and its history, including he methods used to throw, glaze, decorate, and fire the vessels. Illustrated with nearly two hundred photographs (including fifteen color plates), maps, and drawings, plus an index of potters.

Marks and Decorations at the John Landrum Pottery Site

Author: Carl Steen

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781502379085


Page: 82

View: 4104

In the Old Edgefield District of South Carolina alkaline glazed stoneware was made at the pottery of Reverend John Landrum in the first half of the 19th century. He was joined there by his son, B.F. Landrum, son-in-law Lewis Miles, and enslaved workers, including a man named Dave, who probably served as a turner. Itinerant white potters such as Cyrus Cogburn, Abram Massey, and James Kirbee also worked there before joining the Western Migration. Of the thousands of pottery sherds excavated at the site only a handful were marked or decorated. These are comprehensively documented in this publication with 160 full color photographs. This will be a useful tool for archaeologists and collectors to help attribute and date vessels and sherds that share the marks used here.

The Routledge History of the American South

Author: Maggi M. Morehouse

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317665341

Category: History

Page: 230

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The Routledge History of the American South looks at the major themes that have developed in the interdisciplinary field of Southern Studies. With fifteen original essays from experts in their respective fields, the handbook addresses such diverse topics as southern linguistics, music (secular and non-secular), gender, food, and history and memory. The chapters present focused historiographical analyses that, taken together, offer a clear sense of the evolution and contours of Southern Studies. This volume is valuable both as a dynamic introduction to Southern Studies and as an entry point into more recent research for those already familiar with the subfield.

Alabama Folk Pottery

Author: Joey Brackner

Publisher: University Alabama Press

ISBN: 9780817315092

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 311

View: 5849

Celebrating the people, techniques, and artistry of a traditional craft. Based on 20 years’ research and experience with potters and their wares, folklorist Joey Brackner presents a definitive, comprehensive survey of folk potters and the folk pottery tradition in Alabama from the early historic period to the present. Illustrated with hundreds of color and black-and-white photographs, the book examines much admired and sought-after ceramics (such as crocks, face jugs, bowls, churns, and garden pottery) appreciated the world over for their originality, beauty, and utility. The book’s publication coincides with a major exhibition of Alabama folk pottery curated by Brackner and set to open at the Birmingham Museum of Art September 30, 2006. This volume places historic Alabama pottery making into a national and international context and describes the technologies that distinguish Alabama potters from the rest of the southeast. It explains how a blending and borrowing among cultural groups that settled the state nurtured its rich regional traditions. In addition to providing a detailed discussion of pottery types, clays, glazes, slips, and firing methods, Alabama Folk Pottery presents a geographic survey of the state’s pottery regions with a comprehensive list of Alabama folk potters, historic and contemporary—a valuable resource for collectors, scholars, and curators. Most important, in the pages and photographs of Alabama Folk Pottery, Brackner introduces—largely through their own words—the dynamic communities and families of Alabama potters who have carefully and proudly passed on their methods and styles from generation to generation. As Mobile archaeologist Greg Waselkov declares, “Alabama Folk Pottery reveals the humanity behind the artistry and the technical sophistication of this historic craft. Starting with magnificent ceramic churns, jugs, braziers, and grave markers found today largely in museums and private collections, this book pieces together the story of the talented men and women who have transformed Alabama clay into objects of great functionality, beauty, and personal expression.” * Recipient of the Anne B. and James B. McMillan Manuscript Prize Joey Brackner is Director of the Alabama Center for Traditional Culture, a division of the Alabama State Council on the Arts in Montgomery.

Catawba Indian Pottery

The Survival of a Folk Tradition

Author: Thomas J. Blumer

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

ISBN: 0817350616

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 223

View: 6614

A comprehensive study that traces the craft of pottery making among the Catawba Indians of North Carolina from the late 18th century to the present.

Carolina Clay

The Life and Legend of the Slave Potter Dave

Author: Leonard Todd

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393058567

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 317

View: 4806

Traces the story of a slave known only as Dave, a singular pottery artist of the nineteenth century, in an account that describes Dave's bold decision to reveal his literacy by signing and inscribing poetry on many of his works.

Faith, Valor, and Devotion

The Civil War Letters of William Porcher DuBose

Author: William Porcher Dubose,W. Eric Emerson,Karen Stokes

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781570039126

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 360

View: 2592

"The nineteenth century was the great age of letter writing, and there is no better guide to how life was lived by the people of that time than their letters. This is eminently true of William Porcher DuBose, a young seminarian, who served unflinchingly as a combat officer and chaplain in the Confederate army from the beginning to the end and later became a highly regarded theologian. These letters, skillfully transcribed, introduced, and annotated, give a rich picture of what `faith, valor, and devotion' meant to the South Carolinians who steadfastly endured as great a sacrifice and suffering as any large group of Americans ever have." Clyde N. Wilson, emeritus distinguished professor of history, University of South Carolina "This edition of the wartime letters of the man who was to become the leading theologian of the Episcopal church records in detail his progress from seminarian to adjutant in Holcombe's Legion, to deacon in the church, to chaplain in the legion. In an impressive editorial collaboration, Emerson and Stokes bring a perfect combination of skill in military analysis and an intimate knowledge of family interconnectivity in South Carolina. Though the letters are often intensely personal---from love-struck bachelor and later devoted husband---they also record daily camp life as well as the legion's engagements in many battles. The introduction provides an excellent background for the man and his letters, and the richly informative endnotes offer supplemental records of battles, troop movements, and family reunions." George W. Williams, author of St. Michael's, Charleston, 1751-1951, and professor emeritus of English, Duke University Brilliant and devout, William Porcher DuBose (1836-1918) considered himself a man of thought rather than of action. During the Civil War, he discovered that he was both, distinguishing himself as an able and courageous Confederate officer in the Holcombe Legion and later as a dedicated chaplain in Kershaw's Brigade. Published for the first time, these previously unknown letters of DuBose chronicle his Civil War actions with these two celebrated South Carolina units and make an important contribution to the literature and history of the war. They also advance our understanding of DuBose, as a Civil War combatant who would later become one of the foremost theologians of the Episcopal Church, and his burgeoning religious ideals. A native of Winnsboro, South Carolina, DuBose was studying to enter the Episcopal priesthood when the war began. After struggling with the question of secular and spiritual obligations, he decided to join in the defense of the Confederacy and began a long and varied career as a soldier. After service in the lowcountry during the first year of the war, he was thrust into the thick of combat in Virginia, where he was wounded twice and taken as a prisoner of war. After being exchanged and returned to duty in 1862, DuBose was wounded again at the battle of Kinston in North Carolina, and a year later influential friends arranged for his appointment as chaplain in Kershaw's Brigade. While this kept him from the front lines, he continued to share in the hazards of combat with the men to whom he ministered as they fought in the battles of Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, and Cedar Creek in 1864. Adroitly edited by W. Eric Emerson and Karen Stokes, the more than 150 letters collected here prove DuBose to be a man of uncompromising duty to his faith, fellows, and the Confederate cause. He references his interactions with prominent figures of the day, including General Nathan "Shanks" Evans, John L. Girardeau, John Johnson, Colonel Peter F. Stevens, General Joseph B. Kershaw, Louisa Cheves McCord, and General John Bratton. Also included here are DuBose's wartime courtship letters to his fiancee and later wife, Anne Peronneau DuBose. Collectively these extraordinary documents illustrate the workings of his mind and heart, devoted to religion and dedicated to service in the Confederate ranks. DuBose's words also offer glimpses into the spiritual ideas he would later develop more fully in his writings as one of the Episcopal Church's leading theologians and as a distinguished professor at the University of the South.

What the Slaves Ate

Recollections of African American Foods and Foodways from the Slave Narratives

Author: Herbert C. Covey,Dwight Eisnach

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 031337497X

Category: History

Page: 311

View: 7780

The powerful, long-neglected testimony of former slaves places African American slave foods and foodways at the center of the complex social dynamics of the plantation South.

Creating and Contesting Carolina

Proprietary Era Histories

Author: Michelle LeMaster,Bradford J. Wood

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 161117273X

Category: History

Page: 400

View: 489

The essays in Creating and Contesting Carolina shed new light on how the various peoples of the Carolinas responded to the tumultuous changes shaping the geographic space that the British called Carolina during the Proprietary period (1663–1719). In doing so, the essays focus attention on some of the most important and dramatic watersheds in the history of British colonization in the New World. These years brought challenging and dramatic changes to the region, such as the violent warfare between British and Native Americans or British and Spanish, the no-less dramatic development of the plantation system, and the decline of proprietary authority. All involved contestation, whether through violence or debate. The very idea of a place called Carolina was challenged by Native Americans, and many colonists and metropolitan authorities differed in their visions for Carolina. The stakes were high in these contests because they occurred in an early American world often characterized by brutal warfare, rigid hierarchies, enslavement, cultural dislocation, and transoceanic struggles for power. While Native Americans and colonists shed each other’s blood to define the territory on their terms, colonists and officials built their own version of Carolina on paper and in the discourse of early modern empires. But new tensions also provided a powerful incentive for political and economic creativity. The peoples of the early Carolinas reimagined places, reconceptualized cultures, realigned their loyalties, and adapted in a wide variety of ways to the New World. Three major groups of peoples—European colonists, Native Americans, and enslaved Africans—shared these experiences of change in the Carolinas, but their histories have usually been written separately. These disparate but closely related strands of scholarship must be connected to make the early Carolinas intelligible. Creating and Contesting Carolina brings together work relating to all three groups in this unique collection.

I Belong to South Carolina

South Carolina Slave Narratives

Author: Susanna Ashton

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 1611171679

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

View: 383

Out of the hundreds of published slave narratives,only a handful exist specific to South Carolina, and most of these are not readily available to modern readers. Edited by Susanna Ashton, this collection restores to print seven slave narratives documenting the lived realities of slavery as it existed across the Palmetto State's upcountry, midlands, and lowcountry, from plantation culture to urban servitude. First published between the late eighteenth century and the dawn of the twentieth, these richly detailed firsthand accounts present a representative cross section of slave experiences, from religious awakenings and artisan apprenticeships to sexual exploitations and harrowing escapes. In their distinctive individual voices, narrators celebrate and mourn the lives of fellow slaves, contemplate the meaning of freedom, and share insights into the social patterns and cultural controls exercised during a turbulent period in American history. Each narrative is preceded by an introduction to place its content and publication history in historical context. The volume also features an afterword surveying other significant slave narratives and related historical documents on South Carolina. I Belong to South Carolina reinserts a chorus of powerful voices of the dispossessed into South Carolina's public history, reminding us of the cruelties of the past and the need for vigilant guardianship of liberty in the present and future.

I Made this Jar--

The Life and Works of the Enslaved African-American Potter, Dave

Author: Dave,Jill Beute Koverman

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9780938983125

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 101

View: 6021


Brothers in Clay

The Story of Georgia Folk Pottery

Author: John A. Burrison

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820332208

Category: Art

Page: 326

View: 4220

An illustrated study that tells the story of Georgia's folk pottery tradition, the forces that shaped it, and the families and artisans who continue to keep it alive provides a new preface that summarizes the past decade of southern folk pottery. Reprint.

Elementary Topology

A Combinatorial and Algebraic Approach

Author: Donald W. Blackett

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 1483262537

Category: Mathematics

Page: 236

View: 4853

Elementary Topology: A Combinatorial and Algebraic Approach focuses on the application of algebraic methods to topological concepts and theorems. The publication first elaborates on some examples of surfaces and their classifications. Discussions focus on combinatorial invariants of a surface, combinatorial equivalence, surfaces and their equations, topological surfaces, coordinates on a sphere and torus, and properties of the sphere and torus. The text then examines complex conics and covering surfaces and mappings into the sphere, including applications of the winding number in complex analysis, mappings into the plane, winding number of a plane curve, covering surfaces, and complex conies. The book examines vector fields, network topology, and three-dimensional topology. Topics include topological products and fiber bundles, manifolds of configurations, paths, circuits, and trees, vector fields and hydrodynamics, vector fields on a sphere, and vector fields and differential equations. The publication is highly recommended for sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have completed a year of calculus.