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Working Communities and the Victorian-American Company Town

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

Abstract

Fayette was a geographically isolated town whose sole purpose was to smelt iron. It is generally representative of company towns in Victorian America, and its workforce experienced many of the same relationships to industrial technology and bureaucratic management as other employees immersed in industrial capitalism elsewhere. Its residents were also immersed in broader ideologies surrounding mass consumerism, morality, and proper work ethics. Residents of company towns like Fayette experienced corporate paternalism in most aspects of their lives, because residents relied on the company for nearly all their goods and services. Archaeologists, historians, and land managers have generated a tremendous amount of research on Fayette Historic State Park. Much of that research is synthesized in this volume with respect to power relations in industrial capitalism.

Keywords

Geographic Information System Blast Furnace Archaeological Research Molten Iron Iron Production 
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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