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An Archaeology of Structural Violence: Life in a Twentieth-Century Coal Town

Michael P. Roller


Using evidence of historical changes in landscape, community life, and material culture from a coal mining company town in the Anthracite Coal Region of Northeast Pennsylvania, Michael Roller introduces an archaeological approach to the structural violence on workers, citizens, and consumers that developed across the twentieth century. The study begins with an analysis of a moment of explicit violence at the end of the nineteenth century, an event known as the Lattimer Massacre, in which as many as nineteen immigrant miners were shot by a posse of local businessmen. From this touchstone, mater ... More

Keywords: Labor History, Historical Archaeology, social theory, Twentieth Century, Anthracite Coal Region, Immigrants, Structural Violence, Lattimer Massacre, Mass Consumerism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780813056081
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813056081.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael P. Roller, author
National Park Service