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19th Century Reform and Control at the Industrial School for Girls in Dorchester, Massachusetts

Author(s): maddie penney

Year: 2018

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An examination of the nineteenth century adornment assemblage from the Industrial School for Girls in Dorchester, Massachusetts, archaeologically excavated by Joseph Bagley and the Boston City Archaeology Lab during the summer of 2015. The school was staffed and administered by middle and upper-class Boston influenced by a Second Great Awakening reform movement, in which piety was the foundation for a number of reform efforts, including femininity, domesticity, and spiritual materialism. The institution was installed in order to train girls from broken, abusive, or unfit working-class homes in wholesome, feminine, and skilled domestic work. I have examined the adornment collection which includes, but is not limited to: beads, buttons, combs, buckles, jewelry, and headbands and contemporary Secretary Reports to understand how the staff and administration controlled the dress of the students and how their values and notions of class and gender influenced their decisions. 

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19th Century Reform and Control at the Industrial School for Girls in Dorchester, Massachusetts. maddie penney. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441796)


Temporal Keywords
19th Century

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 488

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