Goods in the Forests

in The Sangamo Frontier

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780226514246
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226514239 | DOI:
Goods in the Forests

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The vast majority of early nineteenth-century sites that were investigated archaeologically have produced fair quantities of nonessential goods. Clearly, by the time of the American frontier in Illinois, cultural traditions had incorporated the practice of consumerism—even out in the remote forests. The artifact assemblages found on early nineteenth century home sites also suggest that frontier settlers shopped in very similar ways, often independent of variations in location, household wealth, or cultural heritage. Like the ways in which one built a house, butchered a hog, or buried potatoes, shopping at the local store appears to have been part of the well-established traditions of the western frontier.

Keywords: American frontier; Illinois; archaeological sites; cultural traditions; consumerism; artifacts; American settlers; shopping

Chapter.  8251 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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