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Cotton to the Doorstep: Gardening and Food Storage in the Early 20th-Century Southeast

Author(s): Sunshine Thomas

Year: 2016

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Early 20th-century southeastern farmers with the means to do so diversified and adopted the materials and methods of farm modernization. Poorer families grew cash crops almost exclusively, detrimental to their garden spaces and their wellbeing. Archaeologists have measured modernization, in part, through the presence of glass storageware. However, the act of storing gardened and gathered foods did not necessarily require modern materials or methods. Materials changed through time, but in many ways traditional lifeways continued. This paper recasts recovered glass and ceramic storageware from small farm sites in Georgia as evidence of traditional gardening and storage practices by small farmers.


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Cotton to the Doorstep: Gardening and Food Storage in the Early 20th-Century Southeast. Sunshine Thomas. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434360)


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

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PaperId(s): 540

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America