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The Archaeology of Race in the Northeast$
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Christopher N. Matthews and Allison Manfra McGovern

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060576

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060576.001.0001

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An Archaeology of Accountability

An Archaeology of Accountability

Recovering and Interrogating the “Invisible” Race

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The Archaeology of Race in the Northeast

Meg Gorsline

University Press of Florida

In dominant historical archaeological interpretations of white American domestic sites, the knowledge of why and how those spaces were white is all too often suppressed, ignored, or wished away. The search for racialization processes has focused primarily on people of color, including those who were striving for white identity. Rarely has this investigation reached into the spaces inhabited by those who benefitted from the social differentiation of race, those whose defined racialized identity entitled them to the benefits of whiteness. This lack of critical examination of whiteness and white privilege overlooks a crucial component of the American social fabric and perpetuates racial inequality in the present. The goal of an “archaeology of accountability” is to lay out an approach to the material culture of white domestic sites that moves beyond a normative framework to unveil the power of whiteness in both the past and the present.

Keywords:   whiteness, race, identity, United States, nineteenth-century

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