The Invention of Free Labor: The Employment Relation in English and American Law and Culture, 1350-1870

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UNC Press Books, 1991 - 286 էջ
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Examining the emergence of the modern conception of free labor--labor that could not be legally compelled, even though voluntarily agreed upon--Steinfeld explains how English law dominated the early American colonies, making violation of labor agreements

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Introduction
3
The MasterServant Relationship in Early Modern England and the American Colonies
15
Labor Imagined
55
The Freeborn Englishman and the Persistence of Traditional Service
94
The Ambiguous Impact of the American Revolution
122
Working Out the Idea and Practice of Free Labor
147
The Federal AntiPeonage Act of 1867
173
Conclusion SelfOwnership and SelfGovernment in the Nineteenth Century
185
Appendix Habeas Corpus File of Runaway Laborers Cbesapeake and Ohio Canal Company 1829
189
Notes
197
Bibliography
253
Index
265
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