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Recommendation - Uncommon Ground

Uncommon Ground,
Archaeology and Early African America, 1650-1800
By Leland Ferguson
Copyright 1992; Smithsonian Institution
ISBN 1-56098-058-3

“…In 1740 Blacks in South Carolina outnumbered whites by almost two to one, and one half of that majority had been born in Africa. As slaves, they cleared forests, planted crops, and built homes; together with a surprising number of Native Americans… This book is about the obscured settlers…who laid the foundation for African American culture; it is also about the recent beginning of African American Archaeology as a means for learning about that culture…”

Approaching our culture from the vantage point of African American Archaeology, this book has helped me to escape the clutches of revisionist American history. So much of early America was shaped by the hands of the Ancestors, but they were never given credit for it. Although this isn’t particularly news, the record can be set straight as Leland Ferguson so aptly done in this book.

Genealogists can benefit from reading about African American Archaeology; which by the way, is a relatively new discipline prodded by the Civil Rights Movement of the late 1960’s.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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