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Farmers and Fishermen: Two Centuries of Work in Essex County, Massachusetts, 1630-1850 (Mint First Edition)

Daniel Vickers

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ISBN 10: 0807821489 / ISBN 13: 9780807821480
Published by University of North Carolina Press (Chapel Hill), 1994
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Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press [1994]. First edition. First printing. Hardbound. BRAND NEW! A pristine unread copy, very fine in a very fine dust jacket. Comes with mylar jacket cover, archival-quality. Shipped in well padded box. Smoke-free. Purchased new and never opened. Vickers describes how the first generation of fish merchants relied on a system of clientage that bound poor fishermen to deliver their hauls in exchange for goods. Toward the end of the colonial period, land scarcity forced farmers and fishermen to search for ways to support themselves through wage employment and home manufacture. Out of these adjustments, says Vickers, emerged a labor market sufficient for industrialization. Winner of the 1995 John H. Dunning Prize, American Historical Association. Winner of the 1994-95 Louis Gottschalk Prize, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Part of the Series for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia. You cannot find a better copy. Bookseller Inventory # amz

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Title: Farmers and Fishermen: Two Centuries of Work...

Publisher: University of North Carolina Press (Chapel Hill)

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Edition: 1st Edition

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Daniel Vickers examines the shifting labor strategies used by colonists as New England evolved from a string of frontier settlements to a mature society on the brink of industrialization. Lacking a means to purchase slaves or hire help, seventeenth-century settlers adapted the labor systems of Europe to cope with the shortages of capital and workers they encountered on the edge of the wilderness. As their world developed, changes in labor arrangements paved the way for the economic transformations of the nineteenth century. By reconstructing the work experiences of thousands of farmers and fishermen in eastern Massachusetts, Vickers identifies who worked for whom and under what terms. Seventeenth-century farmers, for example, maintained patriarchal control over their sons largely to assure themselves of a labor force. The first generation of fish merchants relied on a system of clientage that bound poor fishermen to deliver their hauls in exchange for goods. Toward the end of the colonial period, land scarcity forced farmers and fishermen to search for ways to support themselves through wage employment and home manufacture. Out of these adjustments, says Vickers, emerged a labor market sufficient for industrialization.

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"Making effective use of narrative and statistical evidence, Vickers skillfully traces the evolution of farming and fishing in Essex County, Massachusetts, from 1630 to 1850. . . . A first-rate work."-- Choice

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