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The Archaeology of Mothering: An African-American Midwife's Tale

 
 
 
 
The Archaeology of Mothering: An African-American Midwife's Tale
Author: Laurie A. Wilkie
ISBN 13: 9780415945707
ISBN 10: 415945704
Edition: 1
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2003-08-28
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
List Price: $49.95
 
 

Using archaeological materials recovered from a housesite in Mobile, Alabama, Laurie Wilkie explores how one extended African-American family engaged with competing and conflicting mothering ideologies in the post-Emancipation South. The female head of this household, Lucrecia Perryman, turned to midwifery to support her family and as a midwife, became a vehicle for transmitting cultural, social, and political knowledge regarding mothering performance and practice to the broader African-American community.