A Pleasurable Sensation: Thomas Jefferson and the Equine Culture in 18th and Early 19th century Virginia
Thomas Jefferson, respected equestrian, breeder of horses, admirer of horseflesh, moved in elite Virginia planter circles where horses were a medium of exchange, sealing social relationships, creating ties and solidarity, and using them as objects of status.
Carrie Douglass will show the important social aspects of buying and selling horses in Jefferson's Virginia, how it joined families who saw credit and debt as a form of communication, establishing and maintaining enduring social relations.
Carrie Douglass is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she is now Professor of Anthropology, and a past Fellow at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies. Her most recent paper is Horses, Slaves, and Autonomy at Jefferson's Monticello - in the Context of Colonial and Post-Revolutionary Virginia.
Talk begins at 4pm on May 16th in the Reading Room of the Jefferson Library.
The event is free but space is limited.
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