Intersectional Violence and Documentary Archaeology in Rosewood, Florida

Author(s): Edward Gonzalez-Tennant

Year: 2013


The former town of Rosewood was settled in the mid-1800s and by 1900 was a successful, majority African American community. On January 1st, 1923 a white woman in the neighboring community of Sumner fabricated a black assailant to hide her extramarital affair. In less than seven days, the entire community of Rosewood was burned to the ground and its black residents fled to other parts of Florida and the country. This paper discusses a new theoretical perspective on the relationship between intersubjective, structural, and symbolic violence as it relates to the archaeological investigation of African American life. The primary methodology employed for this project is documentary archaeology; specifically, the use of geographic information systems (GIS) to combine various historical datasets supporting the investigation of kinship, race, gender, and class as a form of landscape analysis. The author concludes with a brief discussion of ongoing and future work in Rosewood.

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Intersectional Violence and Documentary Archaeology in Rosewood, Florida. Edward Gonzalez-Tennant. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428250)

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Temporal Keywords
20th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 494