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Labor, settlement, and race: Investigating ‘Plural’ Sites in Eastern Long Island, NY

Author(s): Christopher Matthews ; Allison Manfra McGovern ; Emily Button Kambic

Year: 2014

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The making of communities is often treated as a quasi-natural process in which people of similar backgrounds and heritage or people living in close proximity form meaningful and mutual ties. Missing from this approach is an appreciation of the ties that bind people to others that are beyond their own control. Especially in contexts of inequality, communities form around shared interests in perpetuating, dismantling, or simply surviving the disproportionate distribution of resources. This paper investigates the formation of communities of color in eastern Long Island in the 19th century by looking at intersections between labor and settlement as evidence for how Native and African American people worked within and against the systems that controlled them. By considering patterns in class and race formation, we can better understand formative elements of the region’s working class.

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Labor, settlement, and race: Investigating ‘Plural’ Sites in Eastern Long Island, NY. Christopher Matthews, Allison Manfra McGovern, Emily Button Kambic. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437116)

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