The "lower Sort"

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This book recreates the daily lives of laboring men and women in America's premier urban center during the second half of the eighteenth century. Billy G. Smith demonstrates how the qlower sortq (as they were called by their contemporaries) struggled to carve out meaningful lives during an era of vast change stretching from the Seven Years' War, through the turbulent events surrounding the American Revolution and the U.S. Constitution, into the first decade of the new nation.For the sake of consistency with other historical studies, I used categories established by Jacob M. Price and by Gary B. Nash.2 I ... for the local market); moving porters from the aquot;other serviceaquot; category (where they were identified with servants) to aquot;travel and transportaquot;; and placing laborers in a separate category. ... If calculated solely from tax lists, mariners accounted for about 5 percent of the Table C.1.

Title:The "lower Sort"
Author: Billy Gordon Smith
Publisher:Cornell University Press - 1994-01-01

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