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Consumption in the American Mining West: substitute and complement goods in the foodways of Aurora, Nevada
AuthorYounie, Ashlee Nichole
AdvisorWhite, Carolyn L.
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This thesis focuses on consumer choice in two historic era households, the Levy and Kaufman households. This inquiry seeks to understand household level foodways as well as community foodways patterns in Aurora, Nevada during the late 1800s. The conclusions are inferred from archaeological evidence and are extrapolated to broadly understand towns across the American Mining West. Ultimately, foodways in Aurora and the American Mining West become understood through a vernacular or folk study of food through residents` uses of substitute and complement foods. Vernacular foodways, which are unique to their location, are used to understand how citizens in mining boom towns across the American Mining West coped with isolation and food availabilities.