Segregation Made Them Neighbors


Segregation Made Them Neighbors

An Archaeology of Racialization in Boise, Idaho

William A. White III

Historical Archaeology of the American West Series

234 pages
15 photographs, 4 illustrations, 1 map, 1 graph, 4 tables, 2 appendixes, index


February 2023


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About the Book

Segregation Made Them Neighbors investigates the relationship between whiteness and nonwhiteness through the lenses of landscapes and material culture. William A. White III uses data collected from a public archaeology and digital humanities project conducted in the River Street neighborhood in Boise, Idaho, to investigate the mechanisms used to divide local populations into racial categories. The River Street Neighborhood was a multiracial, multiethnic enclave in Boise that was inhabited by African American, European American, and Basque residents. Building on theoretical concepts from whiteness studies and critical race theory, this volume also explores the ways Boise’s residents crafted segregated landscapes between the 1890s and 1960s to establish white and nonwhite geographies.

White describes how housing, urban infrastructure, ethnicity, race, and employment served to delineate the River Street neighborhood into a nonwhite space, an activity that resulted in larger repercussions for other Boiseans. Using material culture excavated from the neighborhood, White describes how residents used mass-produced products to assert their humanity and subvert racial memes.

By describing the effects of racial discrimination, real-estate redlining, and urban renewal on the preservation of historic properties in the River Street neighborhood, Segregation Made Them Neighbors illustrates the symbiotic mechanisms that also prevent equity and representation through historic preservation in other cities in the American West.

Author Bio

William A. White III is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of California–Berkeley.


"This is an important and timely book. White's writing is accessible and engaging, appealing to students and researchers alike. . . . Historical archaeologists will find a nuanced call to action. Historians will appreciate how archaeologists situate personal testimony and the documentary record alongside artifacts to reveal hidden histories."—Edward González-Tennant, Western Historical Quarterly

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Introduction. Archaeology That Promotes Antiracism
1. Forging an Urban Place through Racism
2. Race, Structural Racism, and Whiteness in Boise, Idaho
3. Creating a Landscape despite Racism
4. The River Street Public Archaeology Project
5. Archaeological Evidence of Life in a Stigmatized Landscape, 1890s–1960s
6. Saving the Erma Hayman House
Conclusion: Using Archaeology to Fight Racism
Appendix 1: Artifact Tables
Appendix 2: Makers' Marks Summary

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