This course will explore how historical archaeologists in the United States draw on material culture, documents, and the landscape to better understand the past and present. Through readings, in-class discussion, and exercises, students will develop an understanding of the key questions that have propelled the field and the methods historical archaeologists use to address those questions. Case studies will address how gender, race, economic class, and physical ability have shaped the experiences of people in Colonial New England, the slaveholding South and anti-slavery North, World War II-era California, and the 21st-century Southwest.