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The Jeffersons at Shadwell : the social and material world of a Virginia family

Author: Susan A Kern
Publisher: 2005.
Dissertation: Ph. D. College of William and Mary 2005
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : Manuscript   Archival Material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This dissertation examines the history and material culture of Shadwell in Albemarle County, Virginia, the birthplace of Thomas Jefferson. From the 1730s through the 1770s, Shadwell was home to Jane and Peter Jefferson, their eight children, over sixty slaves, and numerous hired workers. The archaeological and documentary evidence reveals that Shadwell was a well-appointed gentry house at the center of a highly  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson; Peter Jefferson; Jefferson family.; Jefferson family.; Peter Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Susan A Kern
OCLC Number: 70247499
Reproduction Notes: Photocopy. Ann Arbor, Mich. : University Microfilms International, 2006. 23 cm ; 2 v. in 1.
Description: 2 volumes (xi, 524 leaves) : illustrations, maps, plans, facsimiles ; 29 cm
Contents: Introduction --
ch. 1. The material world of the Jeffersons at Shadwell --
ch. 2. Making women's work apparent: the household --
ch. 3. Plantation business: Peter Jefferson at home --
ch. 4. Slavery and fieldwork --
ch. 5. The home quarter: material culture and status --
ch. 6. The colony's business: Peter Jefferson's vantage --
ch. 7. The intangible legacies: keeping and creating family history --
Conclusion --
Afterword : Thomas Jefferson revisited --
Appendix I. : Issues, methods of interpretation, and sources --
Appendix IIa. Inventory of the estate of Peter Jefferson --
Appendix IIb. Inventory of the estate of Jane Jefferson --
Appendix IIc. Inventory of the estate of Jane Jefferson Junior --
Appendix III. "Jane Jefferson --
her booke."
Responsibility: by Susan A. Kern.

Abstract:

This dissertation examines the history and material culture of Shadwell in Albemarle County, Virginia, the birthplace of Thomas Jefferson. From the 1730s through the 1770s, Shadwell was home to Jane and Peter Jefferson, their eight children, over sixty slaves, and numerous hired workers. The archaeological and documentary evidence reveals that Shadwell was a well-appointed gentry house at the center of a highly structured plantation landscape during a period of Piedmont settlement that scholars have traditionally classified as frontier, and the Jeffersons in fact accommodated in their house, landscape, material goods, and behaviors what was the most up-to-date of Virginia's elite Tidewater culture. The author examines the questions surrounding the material remnants at Shadwell and how the Jeffersons maintained a style of living that reflected their high social status, offering views of the Jefferson family, their role in settling Virginia, and the lives of the slaves who worked for them.

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