Representing slavery at Oakland Plantation, a National Park Service historic site in Cane River Rreole National Historical Park, Louisiana
Ziehl, Nell Mary Helen
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This paper provides a framework for slavery interpretation at Oakland Plantation, a National Park Service site that is part of the Cane River Creole National Historical Park in Louisiana. The analysis discusses modes of interpretation; evaluation of primary source material, with an emphasis on historic structures, cultural landscapes, and archaeology; evaluations and recommendations for the use of secondary source material; and interpretive strategies that can be applied to any site dealing with the issue of slavery representation. The paper also includes a discussion of select themes and issues related to slavery interpretation, such as contemporary racism, class oppression, the plantation system in the Southeast, and the historiography of slavery scholarship.