Hist Arch (2017) 51:584–586 DOI 10.1007/s41636-017-0057-8 BOOK REVIEW Broken Chains and Subverted Plans: Ethnicity, Race, and Commodities Christopher C. Fennell, University Press of Florida, Gainesville, 2017. 299 pp., 31 figs., 14 tables, index. $84.95 cloth Matthew Reeves Accepted: 1 August 2017 /Published online: 3 October 2017 Society for Historical Archaeology 2017 Christopher C. Fennell’s new book, Broken Chains and It is in the details of this analysis where Fennell makes a Subverted Plans: Ethnicity, Race, and Commodities,is a contribution to our discipline. study of systemic context. In this volume, he tackles two The first part of Fennell’s book masterfully weaves very separate case studies using two very different lines three lines of evidence together to critically examine the of evidence. The first is the material worlds of German assumptions behind an elite-driven consumer-based ma- American families in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia terial culture. The first part of his study looks at late- during the late 18th through mid-19th centuries. In this 18th- and early-19th-century domestic sites of German section he uses mercantile account books, architectural American families in the Shenandoah Valley of Virgin- studies, and household artifact assemblages to critically ia. By examining merchant account books, existing examine
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