Part 1. Please respond to the following review questions for the film Unearthing Secret America
- What was the “starving time”? What evidence show how the settlers at Jamestown adapted to this struggle?
- How did the evidence from the Bald Cypress trees help to explain what happened at Jamestown?
- Who is Ywone Edwards-Ingram?
- What do historical records show us about the idea that “people do not willingly remain slaves”?
- What are subfloor pits? What does archaeology add to an understanding that African people resisted their enslavement?
- Who was Lydia? How does the interpretation of slavery at Williamsburg help us understand the lives of enslaved Africans?
- What do food remains recovered by archaeologists show us about slave life?
- How did Jefferson design the house and estate at Monticello around slavery and to hide and control his slaves?
- What is Mulberry Row? What have we learned from excavations there?
- Why did Jefferson change from farming tobacco to wheat? How did this change impact slave life? How could this change be considered a form of resistance?
Part 2. Please also respond to ONE of the following questions in a (min.) 250 words short essay.
1. How did archaeologists come to understand the difference between evidence of poverty vs. ethnicity/culture in the archaeology at Parting Ways?
2. What is colonoware? How did its discovery open up a deeper appreciation of how African Americans resisted slavery?