Farmers and Fishermen: Two Centuries of Work in Essex County, Massachusetts, 1630-1850

Farmers and Fishermen Two Centuries of Work in Essex County Massachusetts 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 mea

  • Title: Farmers and Fishermen: Two Centuries of Work in Essex County, Massachusetts, 1630-1850
  • Author: Daniel Vickers
  • ISBN: 9780807844588
  • Page: 292
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 theDaniel 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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    1. In his book, Farmers & Fishermen: Two Centuries of Work in Essex County, Massachusetts, 1630 – 1850, Daniel Vickers describes the economic development of Essex County, Massachusetts from the earliest days of the colonies to the decade before the American Civil War. Vickers focuses mostly on the relationship between labor and capital throughout his work. The author dedicates the first half of his book to the scarcity of both labor and capital in the farming and fishing economies of Essex Co [...]

    2. This book is carefully researched and provides a strong overview of certain patterns of work in Essex County over a long period of time. I used it in an undergraduate class, however, and I don't think students connected with its somewhat dry economic history. Very good information, but a dense economic/social history. Not appropriate for those who dislike tables.

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