Industry and Interpreting the Past
  • Paul A. Shackel
Part of the Contributions to Global Historical Archaeology book series (CGHA)


The industrial revolution is a global phenomenon that has had and is having far greater effects on our daily lives than many of us realize. This case study of Harpers Ferry armory workers and their households examines the interrelationship between industrial and domestic life. While the social and political circumstances of Harpers Ferry are unique to this community, there are many phenomena that are universal in incipient industrial communities. The effects of the industrial revolution in the United States had significant implications that changed work life and domestic relations to those that we know today.


Industrial Revolution Domestic Life Iron Foundry Commercial District Domestic Relation 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul A. Shackel
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Harpers Ferry National Historical ParkHarpers FerryUSA
  2. 2.University of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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