Pioneers and Pestilence: Emotion, Memory, and Historical Narratives at the Harrison Township Cholera Cemetery
Hubin, David Royce
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This thesis examines the interplay between emotion and social memory in the historical narrative (re)formation of the Harrison Township Cholera Cemetery in the village of Lockbourne, Pickaway County, Ohio. The research agenda includes a contextualization and critical assessment of documents and oral traditions as labors of representation. These are subsequently analyzed for their alignment with, or deviation from, the bioarchaeological record at the cemetery. The result is an interpretation of the past that will continue to be tested and refined as part of an ongoing multidisciplinary research project. This thesis provides valuable insight regarding attitudes of disease and death in 19th -century Ohio, and importantly, how those attitudes are expressed in the bioarchaeological record at a historical cemetery – a rare opportunity in the United States. Finally, a reflexive aspect of this thesis aims to explore the ways in which archaeological interpretation becomes part of this ever-changing and contextdependent historical narrative dialogue.