Historical Archaeologies of Capitalism

  • Mark P. Leone
  • Parker B. PotterJr.

Part of the Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology book series (CGHA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Issues in a Historical Archaeology Devoted to Studying Capitalism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Where the Questions Come From

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-22
    2. Terrence W. Epperson
      Pages 81-110
  4. Integration into Capitalism and Impoverishment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-113
    2. Margaret Purser
      Pages 115-141
    3. Paul R. Mullins
      Pages 169-193
  5. Beyond North America

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-218
    2. Matthew Johnson
      Pages 219-232
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 233-248

About this book


American things, American material culture, and American archaeology are the themes of this book. The authors use goods used or made in America to illuminate issues such as tenancy, racism, sexism, and regional bias. Contributors utilize data about everyday objects - from tin cans and bottles to namebrand items, from fish bones to machinery - to analyze the way American capitalism works. Their cogent analyses take us literally from broken dishes to the international economy. Especially notable chapters examine how an archaeologist formulates questions about exploitation under capitalism, and how the study of artifacts reveals African-American middle class culture and its response to racism.


Annapolis american archaeology artifacts historical archaeology material culture

Editors and affiliations

  • Mark P. Leone
    • 1
  • Parker B. PotterJr.
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  2. 2.Sargent Museum of Archaeology ConcordUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-306-46068-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-4767-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1574-0439
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