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The Resource Citizen worker : the experience of workers in the United States with democracy and the free market during the nineteenth century, David Montgomery

Citizen worker : the experience of workers in the United States with democracy and the free market during the nineteenth century, David Montgomery

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Citizen worker : the experience of workers in the United States with democracy and the free market during the nineteenth century
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Citizen worker
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the experience of workers in the United States with democracy and the free market during the nineteenth century
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David Montgomery
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eng
Summary
In the 1990s democracy and market freedom are often discussed as though they were either synonymous or interchangeable. The experience of workers in the United States reveals that as government became more democratic, what it could do to shape daily life became more restricted. The extent and failures of workers' efforts to exercise power through the political parties provide insights and warnings from the nineteenth century to guide our thinking about the twenty-first. When industrialization began in the United States, both free and bound labor supplied commodities whose flow was dominated by merchant capital, while the legacy of the Revolution made possible the inclusion of white males from society's lower strata in the active citizenry. The voting rights and freedom of association enjoyed by working-men hastened the dismantling of personal forms of subordination, most dramatically in the brief moment when African Americans claimed those rights after the destruction of slavery. Nevertheless, neither white nor black workers fashioned the new rules for a society based on wage labor. Both the shaping of economic development and the allocation of poor relief were effectively insulated from democratic control, while new forms of social domination disguised as freely contracted market and familial relationships were sanctioned by the courts, by the newly restructured police and military forces, and by the criminalization of unemployment. Workers' use of their access to political power on behalf of their visions of the commonweal challenged, but never defeated, the new style of class rule, which both strengthened government and limited its sphere of action
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1927-2011
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Montgomery, David
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Working class
  • Political parties
  • Civil rights
  • Capitalism
  • Democracy
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Citizen worker : the experience of workers in the United States with democracy and the free market during the nineteenth century, David Montgomery
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-181) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
1. Wage Labor, Bondage, and Citizenship. The Right to Quit. Free Labor in the Shadow of Slavery. Quitting and Getting Paid. Citizenship and the Terms of Employment -- 2. Policing People for the Free Market. The Definition and Prosecution of Crime. The Privatization of Poor Relief. The Crime of Idleness. Arms and the Man. Police Powers and Workers' Homes -- 3. Political Parties. Black Workers and the Republicans in the South. Industrial Workers and Party Politics. Workers and Tammany Hall. Labor Reform and Electoral Politics. Citizenship and the Unseen Hand
Control code
27895360
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 189 pages
Isbn
9780521420570
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1574876
Label
Citizen worker : the experience of workers in the United States with democracy and the free market during the nineteenth century, David Montgomery
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-181) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Wage Labor, Bondage, and Citizenship. The Right to Quit. Free Labor in the Shadow of Slavery. Quitting and Getting Paid. Citizenship and the Terms of Employment -- 2. Policing People for the Free Market. The Definition and Prosecution of Crime. The Privatization of Poor Relief. The Crime of Idleness. Arms and the Man. Police Powers and Workers' Homes -- 3. Political Parties. Black Workers and the Republicans in the South. Industrial Workers and Party Politics. Workers and Tammany Hall. Labor Reform and Electoral Politics. Citizenship and the Unseen Hand
Control code
27895360
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 189 pages
Isbn
9780521420570
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1574876

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