Citizen Worker: The Experience of Workers in the United by David Montgomery

By David Montgomery

Within the Nineties, democracy and industry freedom are usually mentioned as if they have been synonymous or interchangeable. What the adventure of employees within the usa truly finds is that as govt grew to become extra democratic, what it can do to form way of life grew to become extra limited. This unique and demanding paintings examines the connection among staff and govt by means of focusing no longer at the felony rules of unions and moves, yet on renowned struggles for electorate' rights. the level and screw ups of staff' efforts to workout energy via political events supply insights from the 19th century to steer our considering the twenty-first.

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Curtis,] The Merits of Thomas W. ), 5; Steinfeld, "Property and Suffrage," 353-4; Blackmar, 156; Gettleman, 44-53, 129-30; Leon Litwack, North of Slavery: The Negro in the Free States, 1790-1860 (Chicago, 1961), 75. 15 [Frances H. , 1844), 98. 20 Citizen Worker Americans into the troops that put down Dorr's forces, and subsequently upheld the right of black men to vote in the revised constitution adopted by the so-called Landholders' Convention. 16The prominent abolitionist William Goodell vehemently championed the People's Convention despite its racial qualifications for suffrage.

Sharon Salinger has calculated that there were but 422 indentured servants and 105 slaves in the city of Philadelphia by 33 Steinfeld, Invention; Sharon Salinger, "To Serve Well and Faithfully": Labor and Indentured Servants in Pennsylvania, 1682—1800 (Cambridge, 1987); Christopher L. Tom- lins, "Law, Labor and Ideology in Colonial and Antebellum America," paper presented at the 1992 meeting of the Organization of American Historians. 3 percent of the work force. Nevertheless, city magistrates continued to be deeply involved in enforcing the subordination of bondspeople, apprentices, and seamen to their particular masters, while the municipal almshouse provided the city's first factory operatives, and vagrancy prosecutions threatened poor people who were simply too free - those who had no master of any kind.

40 It was from the poor rolls that Philadelphia drew the labor force for its first postrevolutionary experiments with textile factories. The Pennsylvania Society for the Encouragement of Manufactures and Useful Arts, which was capitalized by private subscription in 1787, initially engaged women who had applied for winter relief to spin flax in their homes, and it later established a manufactory where women were taught to run spinning jennies. " The new factory burned down under suspicious circumstances in 1790, only to be replaced by a more ambitious enterprise.

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