Thursday, September 19, 2013, 7-8 PM
The tragic story of the town of old St. Joseph is known from history. The town was founded in 1836 by rival speculators in the antebellum cotton trade and became politically important. Later yellow fever and a subsequent hurricane combined to devastate the community and by 1842 it had disappeared. St. Joseph was influential in early Florida, hosting the state’s first constitutional convention and establishing new shipping routes. Analysis of a newly identified collection of artifacts has made possible an archaeological assessment of the town and its history. My research specifically uses material culture to examine questions of early nineteenth-century capitalism and consumer behavior.