Crafting Lives: African American Artisans in New Bern, North Carolina, 1770-1900

crafting livesReceived this new book today and it looks like an intriguing examination of an aspect of the antebellum South that has gone frequently unexamined.

Inside the  book jacket:

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.

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