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Jennifer L. Thompson, Marta P. Alfonso-Durruty, and John J. Crandall

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049830

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049830.001.0001

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A Disciplined Childhood in Nineteenth-Century New York City

A Disciplined Childhood in Nineteenth-Century New York City

A Social Bioarchaeology of the Subadults of the Spring Street Presbyterian Church

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Tracing Childhood

Meredith A. B. Ellis

University Press of Florida

This chapter illustrates how historical archaeology can understand both the structuring institutions of childhood and the agency of children within these structures. This chapter discusses the presence of rickets in the commingled subadults of the 19th century Spring Street Presbyterian Church. Of the 91 left tibiae present, over 31 percent have rickets, and unusually high number. This chapter argues for a contextual, embodied approach to subadult remains that considers how the impact and structures of the city, the church ideology, and the family would have affected the biologies of the children and the subsequent prevalence of rickets. At the same time, this chapter explores the agency of the children themselves within these structures. This article argues that an approach like this can illuminate what the experiences of childhood, in this case a disciplined childhood, would have been for these children.

Keywords:   Rickets, Subadult, Spring Street Presbyterian Church, Agency, Commingled, Childhood

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