Sangamo Frontier History and Archaeology in the Shadow of Lincoln

ISBN-10: 0226514250
ISBN-13: 9780226514253
Edition: 2007
Authors: Robert Mazrim
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Description: When Abraham Lincoln moved to Illinois' Sangamo Country in 1831, he found a pioneer community transforming from a cluster of log houses along an ancient trail to a community of new towns and state roads. But two of the towns vanished in a matter of  More...

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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

When Abraham Lincoln moved to Illinois' Sangamo Country in 1831, he found a pioneer community transforming from a cluster of log houses along an ancient trail to a community of new towns and state roads. But two of the towns vanished in a matter of years, and many of the activities and lifestyles that shaped them were almost entirely forgotten. In "The Sangamo Frontier," archaeologist Robert Mazrim unearths the buried history of this early American community, breathing new life into a region that still rests in Lincoln's shadow. Named after a shallow river that cuts through the prairies of central Illinois, the Sangamo Country--an area that now encompasses the capital city of Springfield and present-day Sangamon County--was first colonized after the War of 1812. For the past fifteen years, Mazrim has conducted dozens of excavations there, digging up pieces of pioneer life, from hand-forged iron and locally made crockery to pewter spoons and Staffordshire teacups. And here, in beautifully illustrated stories of each dig, he shows how each of these small artifacts can teach us something about the lifestyles of people who lived on the frontier nearly two hundred years ago. Allowing us to see past the changed modern landscape and the cliches of pioneer history, Mazrim deftly uses his findings to portray the homes, farms, taverns, and pottery shops where Lincoln's neighbors once lived and worked. Drawing readers into the thrill of discovery, "The Sangamo Frontier" inaugurates a new kind of archaeological history that both enhances and challenges our written history. It imbues today's landscape with an authentic ghostliness that will reawaken the curiosity of anyone interested in theforgotten people and places that helped shape our nation.

Robert Mazrim is director of the Sangamo Archaeological Center in Elkhart, Illinois, and also serves as the Historical Resources Specialist for the Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Journey to Sangamo
Americans, Frontiers, and Archaeology
The Making of an American Frontier
The Arrival of Archaeology and the Shadow of Lincoln
Illinois in History
Before the Americans
The Americans
Archaeology of the Frontier
At Home, 1800-1840
Under the House, Behind the House
Goods in the Forests
The Origins of Sangamo
The Hole in the Map
A New Frontier
Overlooking Wilderness: Excavations at Elkhart Hill
Earthenware at Cotton Hill: The Ebey-Brunk Kiln Site
The Origins of a State Capital: The Iles Store Site
Moses's Sangamo: Relocating a Lost Town
Exploring Moses's Sangamo: Excavations at Sangamo Town
Lincoln's New Salem: History and Archaeology
Behind Lincoln's New Salem: Archaeology and Revisionism
The End of the Trail
Notes
Index

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