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Crafting Lives: African American Artisans in New Bern, North Carolina, 1770-1900

Catherine W. Bishir

Abstract

From the colonial period onward, black artisans in southern cities—thousands of free and enslaved carpenters, coopers, dressmakers, blacksmiths, saddlers, shoemakers, bricklayers, shipwrights, cabinetmakers, tailors, and others—played vital roles in their communities. Yet very few black craftspeople have gained popular and scholarly attention. This book remedies this oversight by offering an in-depth portrayal of urban African American artisans in the small but important port city of New Bern. In so doing, it highlights the community's often-unrecognized importance in the history of nineteenth ... More

Keywords: colonial period, black artisans, southern cities, enslaved carpenters, coopers, dressmakers, blacksmiths, saddlers, shoemakers, bricklayers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781469608754
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9781469608761_Bishir

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine W. Bishir, author