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Dr. Stephen A. Brighton

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Associate Professor

University of Maryland
Center For Celiac Research 20 Penn Street, Room S303B
Baltimore , Maryland 21201
United States


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"Behind the closed doors of their ..., 24 June 2011 [cached]
"Behind the closed doors of their modest Baltimore homes, beyond the view of their bosses, these unskilled railroad workers maintained a rich social, religious and family life," says University of Maryland archaeologist Stephen Brighton, whose students just finished digging in the backyards of 19th century Baltimore immigrants.
Now, Brighton's team has begun work excavating another Baltimore-area site - a small settlement in Texas, Maryland that resisted adopting a more mainstream American lifestyle up to the Eisenhower years. This is the third year Brighton's team has worked there.
"These people helped build Maryland's infrastructure and supply materials for the Washington Monument, the U.S. Capitol, yet their voices have been muted in history," Brighton adds. "We're beginning to reconstruct their inner world."
Brighton and University of Maryland undergraduates participating in his archaeological field school spent the past three weeks digging behind the Irish Shrine in Baltimore - three homes along Lemmon Street in Baltimore dating to the 1850s.
"The children of these working class families were literate, or at the very least learning to read and write," Brighton concludes. "The children had at least some leisure or play time - even in an era when children from the working class were viewed as part of the family's economic structure and put out to work at an extremely young age."
The cache of children's materials on Lemmon Street tracks with earlier discoveries in the rural community of Texas, Maryland, and adds to his confidence that this is a representative find.
"We're looking back at a period in American history well before child labor laws," Brighton says.
From his previous digs, Brighton's already learned quite a bit about the distinctive patterns of life there. Irish immigrants settled around 1846 and formed a tight community - one that he has found persisted into the 1950s, when quarries closed or consolidated, and work dried up. Those economic changes disrupted the fabric of family life there.
"The patterns in Texas are unlike anything I've seen in big cities like New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore," Brighton explains.
"For about a century, this community remained highly insular, and the families intermarried. They were able to maintain an invisible wall that separated them from the larger community and preserved their traditional ways. In the big cities, the Irish had blended in and adopted American lifestyles by the close of the 19th century," Brighton says.
His previous excavations here uncovered two large icehouses and a privy. He recovered ceramic plates, teacups, chamber pots, glass beer and medical bottles, combs, buttons, jewelry, beads and religious medals.
Other evidence came from census records that showed several generations living under the same roof. Even after children married, they remained with their parents and eventually inherited the house.
FAMILY DINNERS: Ceramic plates were used at family dinners where everyone in the house gathered to share a simple meal, to bond, and transmit their cultural legacy. At the time, most Americans tended to socialize by holding large dinner parties, but Brighton didn't find the kind of serving dishes and utensils that would have been needed for such events. He concludes that the Irish immigrants didn't socialize that way and kept dining a family affair.
Brighton also recovered religious medallions - further evidence, he says, of the centrality of religion in family and community life.
Media may arrange for a tour by contacting Brighton.
Brighton and his students prepared a blog documenting their excavations at Texas. More online:
Stephen Brighton University of Maryland archaeologist 617-312-9212 (cell)
KeatingSearch Journal » Texas, Maryland Archaeological Dig, 19 April 2010 [cached]
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Stephen Brighton said on 29 March 2010 at 7:34 pm
Hello Keatings,
If there are interested family members, I would love to hear from you about your family history in Texas, MD.
Stephen Brighton said on 29 March 2010 at 7:35 pm
Hello Keatings,
My name is Stephen Brighton, professor of archaeology at the University of Maryland.
Stephen Brighton: Hello Keatings, My name is Stephen Brighton, professor of archaeology at the University of... Stephen Brighton: Hello Keatings, If there are interested family members, I would love to hear from you about your...
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Steve Brighton: Assistant Professor in Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland. His interpretations of the material past seek to confront and demythologize issues of immigration to the US such as negative stereotypes and racialization, and other naturalized ideologies sustaining inequality and injustice between (some) immigrant groups and the mainstream native-born public.
Stephen A. Brighton, an ..., 6 April 2012 [cached]
Stephen A. Brighton, an archeologist in the department of anthropology at the University of Maryland, has become interested in the research project.
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Stephen Brighton, an archaeologist at the University of Maryland, College Park, has been examining the massive nineteenth-century Irish migration to the United States.
Between 1845 and 1850, explains Brighton, blighted crops of potatoes left tenant farmers with few options except selling off their livestock to support their families. With no livestock, the farmers ended up destitute and facing a choice between starving in Ireland or migrating to America. Most of the Irish who landed on American shores at that time were desperately poor and uneducated-much like the Mexican migrants of today. "There are a lot of parallels," says Brighton.
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