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Harpers Ferry was one of America's earliest and most significant industrial communities - serving as an excellent example of the changing patterns of human relations that led to dramatic progress in work life and in domestic relations in modern times. In this well-illustrated book, Paul A. Shackel investigates the historical archaeology of Harpers Ferry, revealing the culture change and influence of new technology on workers and their families. He focuses on the contributions of laborers, craftsmen, and other subordinate groups to industrial progress, and examines ethnic and interracial development in an economy that was transformed from craft-based to industrial.
'Interesting and cogent...A useful archaeological reference for the material manifestations of early industrialisation.'
The Midden, 30:1 (1998)
Posted July 6, 2004
'In this volume Shackel presents a very interesting and cogent discussion on the impact of early capitalist industrialisation on people and their community. This is a very good study in which an anthropological/social historical theoretical approach has been aplied to 'industrial archaeology'. The text is well-written, and illustrated with maps, plans, art work, and photographs. For those of us that investigate industrial sites, Shackel's study provides a use ful archaeological reference for the material manifestations of early industrialisation.' Robbin ChatanWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.