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  • 19th century industry in the American South: Scull Shoals Mill Village (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Stacy J. Lundgren. James Wettstaed.

    The shoals of the Oconee River have greatly influenced early American settlement and land use in Georgia, one of the United States’ original thirteen colonies.   Scull Shoals, a major river crossing in what is now Greene County, became the location of a small frontier settlement on the east bank of the Oconee River in the 1790s.  After the turn of the century, industry at the shoals included a water-powered grist mill and Georgia’s first paper mill.  In the following decades, mill operations at...

  • Connerton’s "Seven Kinds of Forgetting" and the Lattimer Massacre: A critique and an application (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Michael P Roller.

    Anthropologist John Connerton’s brief essay "Seven Kinds of Forgetting" provides a foundation and touchstone for recent explorations in the study of memory and modernity. Rhizomatic in nature, the essay succeeds in opening up, and also fragmenting, explorations of memory spanning a broad theoretical spectrum of critical, materialist and culturalist approaches. This essay adapts, critiques and expands upon Connerton’s notions of memory using the example of memory and forgetting in the subsequent...

  • Cottages for the Proletariat: Life and Labor on Blue Row in the Graniteville Textile Mill Village, 1845-1870 (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Keith Stephenson. George Wingard.

    In 1845 industrialist William Gregg incorporated the Graniteville Manufacturing Company. Located in Edgefield District’s Horse Creek Valley, Gregg’s model community centered on a textile mill built of local blue granite. The mill grounds contained extensive lawn gardens, trimmed gravel sidewalks, and spouting water fountains. The community included two churches, academy, hotel, stores, boarding-houses, and cottages. All buildings were constructed from local pine in the Gothic Revival style....

  • Electrifying Independence Valley: Waterpower and Mining in Nevada’s Northeastern Frontier. (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Jacob N. Pollock. Christopher Merritt.

    In 1896, mine interests revived Tuscarora, a struggling busted silver town in Northeastern Nevada. With the incorporation of a new mining company, the consolidation of existing claims, and the construction of a technologically forward-thinking stamp mill, Tuscarora was primed for resurgence.  Like other mining districts in Nevada, the newly formed company needed energy to power its stamp mill, surface and underground lights and other mining ephemera, but they were faced with the remarkable lack...

  • Go West Young Man...Woman and Child?: Investigating Shasta County's population during the Californian Gold Rush (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Heidi A Shaw.

    The gold rush brought many things to California, including statehood, wealth, and prominence, but most noticeabley it brought people.  Before the gold rush, California only boasted a population of 162,000 people, but by the end there were more than 380,000 people, the majority being immigrants from different states and countries.  The majority of the literature concerning the demographic flux of the gold rush is focused on the area known as the Mother Lode, where gold was initially discovered....

  • History English Railroad Rails Found at the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Building Relocation Project in Salt Lake City, Utah (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Donald D. Southworth II.

    During the relocation of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows building in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2008-09, six old railroad rails were removed from the west side of the building. These rails had been used to prevent cars from hitting utility boxes and other fixtures located along the building. The rails had been placed vertically in the ground with the flat bottom of the rail facing out. Each location where the rails were used consisted of two rails on either side of the fixture and...

  • Steel Tracks and Copper Wire: 19th-Century Railway and Telegraphy Equipment from Minas Gerais (Brazil) (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Fernando Costa. Guy Hunt. Edward Koole.

    In recent years, commercial archaeology (CRM) projects in various parts of the the State of Minas Gerais (Brazil) have revealed important evidence relating to stretches of the now abandoned railways and telegraph lines which crossed the interior of Brazil during the second half of the 19th Century. This paper illustrates the evidence from several key sites and examines how it may be used to address ideas of colonialism, globalisation and international trade. These remains are the traces of an...