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Ford Publishes on Worker Housing at Copper Mines in International Journal of Historical Archaeology

Ben Ford, assistant professor of Anthropology, published an article on 19th-century copper mine workers in Vermont in the December 2011 issue of the International Journal of Historical Archaeology.

In “Worker Housing in the Vermont Copper Belt: Improving Life and Industry through Paternalism and Resistance,” Ford explores the relationships between improvement, paternalism, and resistance at two major copper mines and their associated villages in east-central Vermont.

The Elizabeth and Ely Mines hired and housed thousands of miners, laborers, and their families. The mines pursued the same resource in the same environment during the same period, but the Ely Mine developed a centralized village, while the Elizabeth Mine housed its workers in isolated housing clusters. The causes of these differences can be traced to differences in scale, setting, and managerial philosophy, and analyzed within the larger historical context of Improvement and the larger ethnographic context of paternalism in mining communities.

Ford’s article was part of the issue theme “Poverty in Depth: New International Perspectives.”

The International Journal of Historical Archaeology is an authoritative resource for scholarly research on historical archaeology, publishing articles by an international body of experts on the latest theoretical, methodological, and site-specific research.

The full text of this article is available on SpringerLink.

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