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The Sangamo FrontierHistory and Archaeology in the Shadow of Lincoln$
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Robert Mazrim

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226514246

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226514239.001.0001

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Goods in the Forests

Goods in the Forests

(p.95) Chapter Seven Goods in the Forests
The Sangamo Frontier
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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

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