Changing Interpretations: The Homes of Tennessee's Presidents and the Issue of Slavery

dc.contributor.advisor Martin, Christopher en_US Baud, Lauren en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Norkunas, Martha en_US
dc.contributor.department History en_US 2014-06-02T18:55:06Z 2014-06-02T18:55:06Z 2013-10-25 en_US
dc.description.abstract Historic sites in the Southeast region of the United States have long struggled with slavery, a topic that is often ignored or marginalized in site interpretation. At a time when more and more sites are looking toward long-term sustainability and building audiences, this issue is pertinent. This thesis discusses how Tennessee's three presidential sites handled the issue of slavery in the past, how they handle it currently, and how it could be improved. All three either have at one point struggled or continue to struggle with the issue of slavery, like so many other historic house museums in the Southeast. It also details the importance of the inclusion of this story in site interpretation at the three homes in question as evidenced by the opinions of visitors to the sites and the opinions of historians who have studied these three sites and other eighteenth and nineteenth century presidential sites. en_US M.A. en_US
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject Historic house en_US
dc.subject Interpretation en_US
dc.subject Plantation en_US
dc.subject President en_US
dc.subject Slavery en_US
dc.subject Tennessee en_US
dc.subject.umi Museum studies en_US
dc.subject.umi History en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters en_US
dc.title Changing Interpretations: The Homes of Tennessee's Presidents and the Issue of Slavery en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
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