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The Archaeology of Removal in North America$
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Terrance Weik

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056395

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056395.001.0001

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Whitewashing an African American Landscape

Whitewashing an African American Landscape

The Impact of Industrial Capitalism on the Removal of Rural People

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The Archaeology of Removal in North America

Stefan Woehlke

Matthew Reeves

University Press of Florida

Orange County, Virginia, has maintained a rural agricultural identity since the eighteenth century. During this time the labor, political, economic, and agricultural systems have gone through dramatic changes. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the end of slavery and rise of industrial agriculture played significant roles in the shaping of the physical and social landscape. Ultimately, this resulted in dramatic declines in the population of African Americans followed by a sustained migration that prevented the population from growing. This paper highlights five capitalist processes that resulted in the prolonged and steady removal of African Americans from the county.

Keywords:   Virginia, removal, migration, industrial agriculture, African Americans

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