Wednesday Aug 28 2013

Fellows Forum - Textile Production at Monticello

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Berkeley Room of the Jefferson Library (map)
Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Reservations: Not required

Join Sally Tuckett, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Edinburgh, for Cloth, Clothing and Control: Textile Production at Monticello, 1770-1826.

The importance of textiles and clothing to any society is undeniable. Whether worn on the body or displayed in the home, cloth and clothing have semiotic roles as social, cultural, economic and even political indicators. This talk examines the production and use of textiles and clothing at Monticello 1700-1826 as a means to a better understanding of the productivity of the plantation and the complex social relationships which existed within it. Tuckett investigates the evolving methods of textile production at Monticello, the people involved in these processes (both slaves and hired workers), how these items were used and how they fit in with notions of control and regulation in a plantation community.

The talk is free, but space is limited.

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