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Locked Up: Archaeological Indications of Immigrant Experience on New York's Canals

Author(s): Jordon Loucks

Year: 2017

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This study focuses on the archaeological correlates of the lived experience of immigrant communities that worked along New York's canal systems during the nineteenth century. A part of ongoing dissertation research, this poster is meant to illustrate case studies of the events and pressures of immigrant labor with the goal of fostering a better understanding of New York's industrial, political, and social history. Issues involved in this complex topic include trade agreements and cost evaluations, health concerns and effective public support programs, and the general availability of public mobility as the nineteenth century progresses. Special interest in explosive urban growth along canal completions, such as cities like Syracuse, clearly illustrate the importance and drastic effect that arterial constructions can have on social, economic, and political landscape.

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Locked Up: Archaeological Indications of Immigrant Experience on New York's Canals. Jordon Loucks. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435572)


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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): 449

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