Historical Archaeology And Black Life During The Early Republic: A View Toward The Hill
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DepartmentHistory and Geography
ProgramMaster of Arts
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SubjectsAfrican American studies
Free African Americans
Archaeology and history
The Hill is a historically African American neighborhood located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. It is thought to have been established prior to the 1790s making it, quite possibly, the oldest free black neighborhood in the country. What makes this particular neighborhood unique, besides its early establishment, is its potential to provide a comprehensive account of the African American experience within a purely African American context. While slavery was a dominant force in Maryland's economy, The Hill was a free-black community which was able to not only function but thrive independently within what we can assume to be a complex environment. Other African American sites did exist in Maryland but a free African American population of this type from the Early Republic Period (1789-1823) is truly a phenomenon. Chapter 1 will describe the standards and methods of historical archaeology utilized during the investigations of all sites mentioned. Chapter 2 will establish the arguments of material culture as a valuable primary source and define the concept of "Cultural Empathy". Chapter 3 will analyze and compare three African American historical archaeology sites from the early republic period in Maryland. Chapter 4 will cover the development and value of The Hill.