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Historical Archaeology

, Volume 52, Issue 1, pp 213–214 | Cite as

Eating in the Side Room: Food, Archaeology, and African American Identity

Mark S. Warner, University Press of Florida, Gainesville, 2015. 187 pp., 26 figs., 38 tables, 2 appendixes, index. $74.95 cloth
  • Julie M. Schablitsky
Book Review
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In this publication, Eating in the Side Room: Food, Archaeology, and African American Identity, Mark S. Warner uses a faunal collection as a starting point to explore how the Maynard and Burgess family expressed their African American identity in a meaningful but expedient fashion. He demonstrates how the remains of pork, chicken, and fish bone speak to an intersection of racism, community, and identity in black Annapolis. These data informed Warner about African American food choices and how a conscious preference for pork, for example, set the family apart from their white neighbors.

In the first section of the book, the Maynard and Burgess family is humanized through old letters, censuses, and maps. Warner follows this discussion with a succinct introduction on Maryland’s roots in the racialization of slavery and how it compared to other slave-owning states. This is a necessary section that provides the reader a context to posit a black family in a newly emancipated city struggling...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Maryland Department of TransportationState Highway AdministrationBaltimoreU.S.A.

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