“A thorough and thoughtful analysis of the material dimensions of life along the color line. The collection helps us reimagine the ways race has shaped the apparently prosaic landscapes of the various reaches of the Northeast.”—Paul Mullins, author of The Archaeology of Consumer Culture
“A fantastic collection of cases and an amazing cross section of the research and relevance of historical archaeologies of race in a region often identified as free from such ‘tainted’ pasts.”—Katherine Howlett Hayes, author of Slavery before Race
The Archaeology of Race in the Northeast edited by Christopher N. Matthews and Allison Manfra McGovern is a collection of essays that explores race, resistance, and white supremacy in historical and archaeological evidence in the Northeast. The editors aim to show how racism defined the social fabric of the northeastern states as much as it did the Deep South.
With essays covering rural communities, small towns, and cities from the early seventeenth century to the late nineteenth century, the contributors examine the marginalization of minorities and highlight the different experiences of various groups, including African American and Native American communities. The treatment of race extends beyond individuals of color to include whites as a racialized group. The contributors explore not only the complex landscapes of slavery and freedom and the changing definition of “enslavement” and “emancipation,” but also the prescriptive racial behaviors that triggered the emergence of whiteness in the Northeast and the perceived hierarchy of race.