The Rise of Free Labor, the Factory System, and Trades Organization, 1828–1877
The middle decades of the nineteenth century witnessed profound changes in the size and structure of the U.S. economy, the arrangement of workplaces, the methods by which workers labored, and the organizations through which workers responded to all of these changes. These years provided the seedbed for an industrializing nation. During this time one finds the origins of an industrial working class in the United States, the end of pre-industrial work patterns of slavery and artisan labor, and the emergence of the first national workers’ organizations that sought to challenge the inequities of the emerging industrial system.
KeywordsFactory System White Worker Young Lady National Trade Free Labor
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