John Michael Vlach

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Hampton National Historic Site

The Mansion

Fashion and Function

The Stables

Farm Quarters

Slave Quarters

Life on the Margins

Reading the Architecture

Power and Resistance on the Plantation




John Michael Vlach

John Michael Vlach is one of the nation's premier scholars on the subjects of African American folk art and plantation architecture. Vlach curated a riveting but controversial exhibit, Back of the Big House, and is the author or editor of eight books and over forty articles. Vlach has just released another book through the University of North Carolina Press titled The Planter's Prospect: Privilege and Slavery in Plantation Paintings.

Dr. Vlach is a professor of American Studies and Anthropology at The George Washington University and serves as the director of the folklife program there as well.