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A Struggle for Heritage: Archaeology and Civil Rights in a Long Island Community

Christopher N. Matthews


A Struggle for Heritage draws on extensive archaeological, archival, and oral historical research and sets a remarkable standard for projects that engage a descendant community left out of the dominant narrative. Matthews demonstrates how archaeology can be an activist voice for a vulnerable population’s civil rights as he brings attention to the continuous, gradual, and effective economic assault on people of color living in a traditional neighborhood amid gentrification. Providing examples of multiple approaches to documenting hidden histories and silenced pasts, this study is a model for pu ... More

Keywords: Archaeological, archival, oral historical research, descendant community, archaeology, civil rights, people of color, gentrification, hidden histories, preservation of historic communities of color

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780813066684
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813066684.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher N. Matthews, author
Hofstra University