Examining slavery's architectural finishes : the importance of interdisciplinary investigations of humble spaces / Rebekah Zubaida Yousaf.

Yousaf, Rebekah Zubaida, author.
[Philadelphia, Pennsylvania] : University of Pennsylvania, 2018.
iii, 86 leaves : illustrations ; 29 cm
Local subjects:
Penn theses -- Historic preservation.
Historic preservation -- Penn theses.
This thesis studies the evidence of architectural finishes in slave dwellings as a vehicle for understanding their lives, experiences and culture. Reviewing the finishes analyses of slave quarters in eight case studies, the author examines evidence of original finishes and observes how they can inform our understanding of slavery, including the possibility of a transfer of color traditions from Africa. The author also considers architectural and archaeological investigations performed on slave dwellings as a supplement to understanding these spaces and the use of African culture as a form of cultural resistance. The limited but important evidence underlines the need for additional research on the experience of slave life as drawn from material evidence.
M.S. University of Pennsylvania 2018.
Department: Historic Preservation.
Supervisor: Catherine Myers.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
White, Catherine Myers, degree supervisor.
University of Pennsylvania. Department of Historic Preservation, degree granting institution.
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