A "New Labor History" of the contours of working-class cultures in antebellum Philadelphia
Working People of Philadelphia, 1800-1850
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"A fresh and generally persuasive analysis of the dynamics of the American working class in a formative period of American industrialization, an analysis that transcends the boundaries of labor organizations toward a broader social and economic perspective. It deserves close attention."
"Bruce Laurie's illumination of the contours of working class culture in antebellum Philadelphia is a tour de force in the rapidly maturing literature of the 'new' social history...."
Part I: The Work Setting, 1800-1850
Part II: The Forging of Working-Class Cultures, 1820-1837
Part III: Hard Times, 1837-1844
Part IV: Years of Discord, 1845-1850
Part V: Epilogue
Bruce Laurie is Professor and Director of the History Institute, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.