Labor Heritage at the Homestead Waterfront

Author(s): Maura A Bainbridge

Year: 2016


This paper explores the memory of the Battle of Homestead at the Waterfront shopping center and other related sites throughout Pittsburgh. Through interviews, site visits, and guided tours, I compare the approaches to this memory by various involved groups, such as developers, artists and community organizations. My analysis employs an archaeology of supermodernity to consider the authorized heritage discourse surrounding the Battle of Homestead as it relates to sites of labor struggle in the United States. By contrasting the heritage products at the Waterfront and nearby, I conclude that narratives of industry and nation building dominate this discourse. Challenges to the authorized heritage discourse are only allowed to exist in remote locations, far from the heart of the Waterfront’s shopping section.

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Labor Heritage at the Homestead Waterfront. Maura A Bainbridge. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 435105)


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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

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PaperId(s): 740