An Archeology of Labor in Practice

Author(s): Paul Shackel

Year: 2015


Labor studies in the twenty first century are at a crucial turning point. As labor has steadily lost influence in the United States, labor organizations have been increasingly memorializing crucial moments in labor history. These moments are often clashes between labor and capital in which any victory, and sometimes losses, were hard fought. The new National Historic Landmark study of labor archaeology provides guidelines to help us identify significant sites and provide a new way to contribute to labor studies. The document provides a present and a future for ways to think about labor archaeology. However, if we want to make labor archaeology a significant part of the national dialog, we also need to think about how we live our everyday lives in relations to labor.

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An Archeology of Labor in Practice. Paul Shackel. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433749)


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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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