Date Thesis Awarded
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Bachelors of Arts (BA)
James P. Whittenburg
Some people view Thomas Jefferson as a demigod of a founding father. In the last decades of the twentieth-century, however, scholars have begun to think about Jefferson in a different light - as a slave owner. With my thesis, I will examine the everyday lives and material culture of the slaves that Thomas Jefferson inherited from his father, Peter Jefferson, and how their lives changed from 1760 to 1774. Using archaeological evidence, account books, inventories, correspondence, and other primary documents, I will paint the world of Jefferson's slaves at Shadwell and Monticello. I will research the transformation of the main plantation from Shadwell to Monticello and how that change affected the slaves that the Jeffersons owned.
Thomas, Sarah E., "From Shadwell to Monticello: The Material Culture of Slavery, 1760-1774" (2008). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 776.
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