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“When Her Thousand Chimneys Smoked” Virginia's Enslaved Cooks and Their Kitchens


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This dissertation is an interdisciplinary study of Virginia's enslaved plantation cooks that seeks to advance our understanding of their contributions to Virginia's rich cultural traditions. By examining the archaeological record, material culture, cultural landscapes, folklore, written records, and racialized and gendered spaces this study uncovers the hidden voices of the men and women who cooked for their enslavers. Enslaved cooks were highly skilled, trained, and professional, creating meals that made Virginia known for its cuisine and hospitality. They were at the core of Virginia’s domesticity and culinary pride as well as the center of the plantation community. Archaeological and historical records reveal the centrality of the cook’s role and the material culture exemplifies how cooks created a Black landscape within a white world, and were able to share this unique space with the larger enslaved population. This study also explores the memory of enslaved cooks and their legacy in American culture.

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Subject
African American Studies;
Archaeology;
Black history;
American history
Classification
0296: African American Studies
0324: Archaeology
0328: Black history
0337: American history
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Cooking; Domestics; Plantations; Slave cooks; Slavery; Virginia
Title
“When Her Thousand Chimneys Smoked” Virginia's Enslaved Cooks and Their Kitchens
Author
Deetz, Kelley
Number of pages
136
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0028
Source
DAI-A 72/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124527383
Advisor
Taylor, Ula Y.
Committee member
Conkey, Margaret; Nwokeji, Ugo
University/institution
University of California, Berkeley
Department
African American Studies
University location
United States -- California
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3444613
ProQuest document ID
859003755
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/859003755
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