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SPIRITS OF THE BLACK CAT TAVERN: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY AT A TENNESSEE CAVE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF PROHIBITION

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dc.contributor.advisor Sikes, Kathryn
dc.contributor.author London-Sherer, Susan Lynne
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-04T20:15:30Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-04T20:15:30Z
dc.date.issued 2017-07-11
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/xmlui/handle/mtsu/5432
dc.description.abstract Local folklore in Rutherford County, Tennessee suggests that the Black Cat Cave archaeological site (40RD299) concealed an illegal speakeasy during the prohibition era. In 2014, MTSU students and professors conducted an archaeological investigation at the heavily disturbed cave site. This thesis focuses on testing local reports of the cave’s use as a speakeasy through an examination of the modern, twentieth-century bottle glass and metal bottle caps recovered during the 2014 investigation. Using historical archaeology methods, this thesis incorporates: archaeological laboratory procedures, including cataloguing the historic bottle glass and cap collection, archival research into earliest possible manufacture dates, primary source archival research into contemporaneous newspaper articles, and folklore or oral accounts of people who shared their personal experiences at the Black Cat Tavern during prohibition. This thesis recognizes the equal importance of artifact analysis and social historical context and combines them in a material culture study that addresses the local stories of illegal drinking that took place in the subterranean environment.
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University
dc.subject Caves
dc.subject Historical Archaeology
dc.subject Prohibition
dc.subject Speakeasy
dc.subject Tennessee
dc.title SPIRITS OF THE BLACK CAT TAVERN: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY AT A TENNESSEE CAVE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF PROHIBITION
dc.type Thesis
dc.contributor.committeemember West, Carroll
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University
dc.subject.umi American history
dc.subject.umi Archaeology
dc.subject.umi Folklore
dc.description.degree M.A.
dc.contributor.department History


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