An Archaeology of History and Tradition: Moments of Danger by Christopher N. Matthews

By Christopher N. Matthews

As the principles of the fashionable global have been being laid firstly of the nineteenth century, Annapolis, Maryland, pointed out itself because the historic urban. This strange appellation has served Annapolis into the current as a urban that has always outlined and redefined for itself what being historical potential. the method of historic acceptance and protection that has performed out in Annapolis presents beneficial insights into the way in which smooth american citizens typically have come to understand and use the previous.

Though frequently conceived to be in competition, modernity and culture will be paired as cultural innovations that permit the fashionable global to be articulated with the culture it was hoping to exchange. The a number of histories and old landscapes derived from archaeological investigations in Annapolis are provided to teach that the actual global less than the outside of town has been outlined by way of structures of modernity in tandem with the survival of sure traditions.

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In the subsequent stages the actual history of Annapolis weighed heavily on the city and is clearly expressed as later Annapolitans wrote new narratives about the past. This history was based in the political and economic marginalization associated with the rise to dominance by urban capitalism across the region. In the early 19th century this situation moved the inhabitants of Annapolis to accept the role as the region's Ancient City. This was also an acceptance of the domination of Annapolis by the powers of Baltimore.

Mtimately, slave ownership caused a social re-formation that led slavery and freedom to define the very essence of being in the Chesapeake (see especially Morgan 1975). This ideology was codified in legislation. A 1669 Virginia law protected the right of a master to kill a slave "since it cannot be presumed that prepensed malice (which alone makes murther Felony) should induce any man to destroy his own estate" (cited in Morgan 1975, 1975,312). 312). The racial basis of slavery was also clarified to serve these ends.

Randall is credited with making several additions and alterations to the house and lot including the addition of a front porch, extended windows, finished basement and attic spaces, and a large twostory addition to the back of the house. Randall also subdivided the lot along its perimeter streets, and used the lot for growing abundant produce in planting beds and orchards. Alexander Randall died in 1881 leaving the house to his second wife, Elizabeth Blanchard Randall. After her death in 1895, three of Alexander's children formed the Randall Trustees to care for the disposal of Randall's estate and the continued maintenance of the lot.

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