Orser shows how historical archaeology can contribute to the study of race through the conscious examination of material culture. He argues that race has not always been defined by skin color; through time, its meaning has changed.
Christopher Fennell offers a fresh perspective on ways that the earliest enslaved Africans preserved vital aspects of their traditions and identities in the New World. He also explores similar developments among European immigrants and the interactions of both groups with Native Americans.
Casella exposes the diversity of power relations that structure many of America's confinement institutions. She weaves together themes of punishment, involuntary labor, personal dignity, and social identity.