Bioarchaeology and Social Theory
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The Children of Spring Street

The Bioarchaeology of Childhood in a 19th Century Abolitionist Congregation

Authors: Ellis, Meredith A. B.

  • Includes population level analyses that are combined with individual biological profiles from sorted burials and individual stories combed from burial records and archival data
  • Includes historic cases offering an interesting opportunity to combine historically proscribed social categories and biological age categories
  • Explores the bioarchaeology of childhood, an under-theorized stage of life precisely because it is so contextual and variable
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About this book

This book examines how the shifts in the early 19th century in New York City affected children in particular. Indeed, one could argue that within this context, that “children” and “childhood” came into being.

In order to explore this, the skeletal remains of the children buried at the small, local, yet politically radical Spring Street Presbyterian Church are detailed. Population level analyses are combined with individual biological profiles from sorted burials and individual stories combed from burial records and archival data. 

What emerges are life histories of children—of infants, toddlers, younger children, older children, and adolescents—during this time of transition in New York City. When combined with historical data, these life histories, for instance, tell us about what it was like to grow up in this changing time in New York City

About the authors

Meredith A.B. Ellis holds a PhD in Anthropology from Syracuse University. She also holds Master’s Degrees in Anthropology and English Language and Literature. She is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Florida Atlantic University.  Her research interests include social bioarchaeology, the bioarchaeology of childhood, the 19th century United States, and health and inequality. She has worked on the Spring Street Presbyterian Church collection, the China Gulch faunal collection, and the Donner Party Alder Creek Campsite collection.  

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-16

    Ellis, Meredith A. B.

  • A Sketch of a City

    Pages 17-30

    Ellis, Meredith A. B.

  • Hearth and Home: Infants, Birth Through 1.5 Years of Age

    Pages 31-55

    Ellis, Meredith A. B.

  • Exposures: Toddlers and Younger Children, 1.5–4.5 Years of Age

    Pages 57-81

    Ellis, Meredith A. B.

  • Restless Youth: Older Children, 4.5–9.5 Years of Age

    Pages 83-108

    Ellis, Meredith A. B.

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eBook $69.99
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Hardcover $89.99
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Softcover $89.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Children of Spring Street
Book Subtitle
The Bioarchaeology of Childhood in a 19th Century Abolitionist Congregation
Authors
Series Title
Bioarchaeology and Social Theory
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-92687-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-92687-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-92686-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-06491-4
Series ISSN
2567-6776
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 143
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 22 illustrations in colour
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