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Levi Jordan


This bibliography has gotten a bit out of date over the summer of 1998, because we added a lot of material to the web site and haven't had a chance to add it to the bibliography yet. Please forgive any omissions – we'll update it as soon as we can! We also plan to alphabetize it, but for now the numbered system will have to do!

This carved shell "cameo" was found in the slave quarters of this plantation, and was made by one of the people who lived there. See "Shell Carver's Cabin" for more details.

(1) Brazoria County Deed Records, Brazoria County Courthouse, Angleton, Texas. Also, Jordan/McNeill/Martin Family records, copies on file in the Archaeological Research Lab (ARL), Department of Anthropology, University of Houston, Texas.

(2) Brown, Kenneth L. 1995. "Material Culture and Community Structure: The Slave and Tenant Community at Levi Jordan's Plantation, 1848-1892." In Working Toward Freedom: Slave Society and Domestic Economy in the American South, edited by Jr. Larry E. Hudson, (pp. 95-118). University of Rochester Press, Rochester, NY.

(3) 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Brazoria County Deed Records. Brazoria County Tax Records, 1848-1905, microfilm copies on file at the George Memorial Library, Richmond, Texas. Also, Kenneth L. Brown, "John McNeill Family Research Notes", notes on file in the ARL, and "J.C. McNeill Ledgers", copies on file in the ARL.

(4) Brown, Kenneth L. and Doreen C. Cooper. 1990. "Structural Continuity in an African-American Slave and Tenant Community". Historical Archaeology 24:7-19.

(5) Cooper, Doreen C. 1992. "Abandonment at the Levi Jordan Plantation: or, what is all this stuff anyway?" Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology, Kingston, Jamaica, January 1992.

(6) McDavid, Carol. 1994. "From Archaeological Context to Public Contexts: The Public Interpretation of the Archaeology of the Levi Jordan Plantation". Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Society for Historical Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia.

(7) McDavid, Carol. 1994. "From Archaeological Context to Public Contexts: The Public Interpretation of the Archaeology of the Levi Jordan Plantation". Paper presented at the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Lexington, KY.

(8) McDavid, Carol. 1995. "Descendants and Decisions: Planning the Public Interpretation of the Archaeology of the Levi Jordan Plantation". Paper presented at the Southeast Region Annual Meeting of the Association of Living History Farms and Museums, Tallahassee, Florida.

(9) McDavid, Carol. 1995. "Descendants, Collaboration and Consensus: the Public Interpretation of the Archaeology of the Levi Jordan Plantation". Paper presented at the 28th Annual Chacmool Conference: Archaeology into the New Millennium: Public or Perish, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

(10) McDavid, Carol. 1995. "Many Pasts and Many Presents: Collaboration in Planning the Public Interpretation of the Archaeology of the Levi Jordan Plantation". Paper presented at the Southeast Preservation Conference, Birmingham, Alabama.

(11) McDavid, Carol. 1995. "The Importance of Archaeology in the Preservation of African American Heritage: The Levi Jordan Plantation Project". Paper presented at the African Americans & Heritage Preservation: Practical Strategies for Livable Communities; Sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission, Houston, Texas.

(12) McDavid, Carol. 1996. The Levi Jordan Plantation: From Archaeological Interpretation to Public Interpretation. Master of Arts, University of Houston. University Microfilms.

(13) McDavid, Carol. "Editor's Introduction", in In the Realm of Politics: Prospects for Public Participation in African-American Archaeology, Carol McDavid and David Babson, editors. Volume 3, 1997 (in press), The Society for Historical Archaeology.

(14) McDavid, Carol. 1997. Descendants, Decisions and Power: The Public Interpretation of the Archaeology of the Levi Jordan Plantation. Historical Archaeology, 31(3):114-131, in press.

(15) Wright, Cheryl. 1994. I Heard it through the Grapevine: Oral Tradition in a Rural African American Community in Brazoria, Texas. Master of Arts, Department of Anthropology, the University of Houston.

(16) Bascom, William R. 1952. Two Forms of Afro-Cuban Divination. In Acculturation in the Americas: Proceedings and Selected papers of the 29th International Congress of Americanists, pp. 169-179. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

(17) Brazoria County, Texas
Tax Records, Texas State Archives, Austin, Texas.

(18) Brown, Kenneth L. 1993. "A Brief History of the Levi Jordan Plantation. Paper presented at the Antebellum Texas, Brazos Style", The Center for the Arts and Sciences, Lake Jackson, Texas.

(19) Chagnon, Napoleon and W. Irons (Eds.). 1979. Evolutionary Biology and Human Social Behavior: An Anthropological Perspective. North Scituate, Mass: Duxbury Press.

(20) Creighton, James A.1975. A Narrative History of Brazoria County, Texas. Texian Press, Waco, Texas.

(21) Ferguson, Leland. 1992. Uncommon Ground: Archaeology and Early African America, 1650 - 1800. Washington, D.C., Smithsonian Institution Press.

(22) Hodder, Ian. 1986. Reading the Past: Current Approaches to Interpretation in Archaeology. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

(23) Janzen, John M. 1986. Lubanzi: History of a Kongo Disease. In African Health and Healing Systems: Proceedings of a Symposium, edited by P. Stanley Yoder, pp. 107-120. African Studies Association, Atlanta.

(24) Janzen, John M. and Reinhild K. Janzen. 1988. Expressions of Belief, edited by Suzanne Gneub, pp. 38-55. Rizzoli, New York.

(25) Janzen, John M. and Wyatt MacGaffey. 1974. An Anthology of Kongo Religion: Primary Texts from Lower Zaire. University of Kansas Publications in Anthropology 5. Lawrence, Kansas.

(26) Powers, Betsy J. 1994. From Cotton Fields to Oil Fields: Economic Development in a New South Community. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Houston.

(27) Renfrew, Colin and Paul Bahn. 1991. Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice. Thames and Hudson, New York. New York.

(28) Strobel, A. (1926). "The Old Plantations and Their Owners." In T. L. Smith (Ed.), A History of Brazoria County, Texas (pp. 15-62).

(29) Thomas, David Hurst. 1991. Archaeology: Down to Earth. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Forth Worth, Philadelphia, etc.

(30) Thompson, Robert Farris. 1983. Flash of the Spirit: African and Afro-American Art and Philosophy. Random House, New York.

(31) United States Bureau of the Census.
1860. Population Census, including Slave Schedules, Brazoria County, Texas.
1880. Agricultural Census, Brazoria County, Texas.

(32) Webster, David L., Susan Toby Evans and William T. Sanders. 1993. Out of the Past: An Introduction to Archaeology. Mayfield Publishing Company, Mountain View, California, London, and Toronto.

(33) Weiner, Jonathan M. 1978. Social Origins of the New South: Alabama, 1860-1885. Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge.

(34) Woodward, C. Vann. 1951. The Origins of the New South. Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge.

(35) Brown, Kenneth L. Notes on file in University of Houston Department of Archaeology.

(36) Fogel, Robert W. and Stanley L. Engerman. 1974. Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery. Boston: Little, Brown and Company.

(37) McNeill, J. III. 1988. The McNeill’s SR Ranch. College Station, Texas A&M Press.

(38) McNeill, Sallie. The Diary of Sallie McNeill. Transcribed by Sarah Virginia McNeill Raska. Unpublished Family Manuscript.

(39) Foucault, Michel. 1975. Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison. Second Vintage Books Edition. New York: Random House.

(40) Kopytoff, Igor. 1990. "Women’s Roles and Existential Identities." Beyond the Second Sex. Peggy Reeves Sanday and Ruth Gallagher Goodenough (eds.) University Park: University of Pennsylvania Press.

(41) Strathern, Marilyn. 1981. "Self-Interest and the Social Good: Some Implications for Hagen Gender Imagery." In Sherry B. Ortner and Harriet Whitehead (eds.), Sexual Meanings: The Cultural Construction of Gender and Sexuality. New York: Cambridge University Press.

(42) Greenblatt, Steven. 1990. "Culture". In Frank Letricchia and Thomas McLaughlin (eds), Critical Terms for Literary Study. Chicago, University of Chicago Press.

(43) Jordan, Terry G. 1982. Texas Graveyards: A Cultural Legacy. University of Texas Press.

(44) Orser, Charles E., Jr. 1988. The Material Basis of the Postbellum Tenant Plantation: Historical Archaeology in the South Carolina Piedmont, University of Georgia Press.

(45) La Roche, Cheryl. "Seizing Intellectual Power: The Dialogue at the New York African Burial Ground". In In the Realm of Politics: Prospects for Public Participation in African-American and Plantation Archaeology. Historical Archaeology, Volume 31, Number 3.

(46) Creel, Margaret Washington. 1988. "A Peculiar People": Slave Religion and Community-Culture Among the Gullahs. New York University Press, New York and London.

(47) Mintz, Sidney W. and Richard Price. 1976. The Birth of African-American Culture: an Anthropological Perspective. Beacon Press, Boston.

(48) Hodder, I. 1997. Towards a reflexive excavation methodology. Antiquity 71:691-700.

(49) Janzen, John M. and Wyatt MacGaffey. An Anthology of Kongo Religion: Primary Texts from Lower Zaire (Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 1974).

(50) A. Fu-Kiau Kia Bunseki-Lumanisa, N'Kongo Ye Nza Yakun'zungidila: Nza Kongo (Kinshasa: Office National de la Recherche et de Developpement, 1969), p. 30.

(51) Mac Gaffey, Wyatt. 1970. Custom and Government in the Lower Congo. Los Angeles, University of California Press.

(52) Cabrera, Lydia. 1954. El Monte: Igbo Fina Ewe Orisha, Vititinfinda. Havana: Edicones C.R.

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