Is Close Enough, Enough?: Negotiations of Self and Place in Castroville, Texas through Ceramics.

Author(s): Hunter Crosby; Erin Whitson

Year: 2017

Summary

The mid-to-late-19th century marked a time of enormous material and social changearound the world. Newly available lands and a more fluid social structure made life in the American West, and Texas, especially desirable for immigrants from Europe. Immigrants from the French-German border region of Alsace sought and found opportunity in what would become Castroville, Texas. The Birys, a family within the community, sought opportunity like many new immigrants and faced many of the same challenges. They were forced to engage in negotiations of what it meant to be Alsatian in non-Alsatian settings. This paper reflects on these negotiations by examining the ceramic materials recovered from the Biry property. We will principally look at how women, as the primary consumers of ceramics, facilitated this mediation in the home through the deliberate choices made. Perhaps for the Birys, close enough was enough to construct an "Alsatian" home in Texas.

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Is Close Enough, Enough?: Negotiations of Self and Place in Castroville, Texas through Ceramics.. Hunter Crosby, Erin Whitson. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435332)

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Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 339