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Author Bishir, Catherine W.

Title Crafting lives : African American artisans in New Bern, North Carolina, 1770-1900 / Catherine W. Bishir
Published Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 2013
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Summary "From the colonial period onward, black artisans in southern cities--thousands of free and enslaved carpenters, coopers, dressmakers, blacksmiths, saddlers, shoemakers, bricklayers, shipwrights, cabinetmakers, tailors, and others--played vital roles in their communities. Yet only a very few black craftspeople have gained popular and scholarly attention. Catherine W. Bishir remedies this oversight by offering an in-depth portrayal of urban African American artisans in the small but important port city of New Bern. In so doing, she highlights the community's often unrecognized importance in the history of nineteenth-century black life"-- Provided by publisher
"From the colonial period onward, black artisans in southern cities--thousands of free and enslaved carpenters, coopers, dressmakers, blacksmiths, saddlers, shoemakers, bricklayers, shipwrights, cabinetmakers, tailors, and others--played vital roles in their communities. Yet only a very few black craftspeople have gained popular and scholarly attention. Catherine W. Bishir remedies this oversight by offering an in-depth portrayal of urban African American artisans in the small but important port city of New Bern. In so doing, she highlights the community's often unrecognized importance in the history of nineteenth-century black life. Drawing upon myriad sources, Bishir brings to life men and women who employed their trade skills, sense of purpose, and community relationships to work for liberty and self-sufficiency, to establish and protect their families, and to assume leadership in churches and associations and in New Bern's dynamic political life during and after the Civil War. Focusing on their words and actions, Crafting Lives provides a new understanding of urban southern black artisans' unique place in the larger picture of American artisan identity"-- Provided by publisher
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Subject African American artisans -- New Bern -- History -- 19th century
African Americans -- North Carolina -- New Bern -- History -- 19th century.
Artisans -- North Carolina -- New Bern -- History -- 19th century.
New Bern (N.C.) -- History -- 19th century.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1469608766 (ebk)
1469611783 (electronic bk.)
9781469608761 (ebk)
9781469611785 (electronic bk.)