Gender, Gentility, and Revolution:  Detecting Women’s Influence on Household Consumption in Eighteenth Century Connecticut

Author(s): Jennifer M. Trunzo

Year: 2013

Summary

Some historians and archaeologists argue that women were influencing their husbands’ spending habits by the middle 18th century. Using the archaeological remains from a farming community in southeastern Connecticut, this paper attempts to read gender into the archaeological record to elucidate household shopping patterns before, during, and after the Revolutionary War.  Were rural women’s consumer preferences influenced by emerging 18th century ideas regarding gentility? Would this genteel fashion sense result in fancier ceramics assemblages? How did women respond to the boycott propaganda that circulated during the Revolutionary War? Even if women stopped buying British goods during the Revolutionary War, how quickly did they resume consuming objects made in Britain after peace returned? It is possible that women’s consumer influences may be archaeologically visible even when documentation of their participation in the marketplace is absent.

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Gender, Gentility, and Revolution:  Detecting Women’s Influence on Household Consumption in Eighteenth Century Connecticut. Jennifer M. Trunzo. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428368)

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Spatial Coverage

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

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PaperId(s): 166