Farmers and Fishermen

Two Centuries of Work in Essex County, Massachusetts, 1630-1850
Vickers, Daniel (Book - 1994)
Farmers and Fishermen
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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.
Authors: Vickers, Daniel
Title: Farmers and fishermen
two centuries of work in Essex County, Massachusetts, 1630-1850
Publisher: Chapel Hill : Published for the Institute of Early American History and Culture, by the University of North Carolina Press, 1994
Characteristics: p. ; cm
ISBN: 0807821489
Branch Call Number: 974.45 V637f
F72.E7 V58 1994
Statement of Responsibility: by Daniel Vickers
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Essex County (Mass.) Social life and customs Fishing Massachusetts Essex County History Farm life Massachusetts Essex County History
Topical Term: Fishing
Farm life
LCCN: 93036514
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