9780801481635

The "Lower Sort": Philadelphia's Laboring People 1750-1880

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  • ISBN13:

    9780801481635

  • ISBN10:

    0801481635

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1994-01-01
  • Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr

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Summary

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 "lower sort" (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.

Table of Contents

Preface
Introductionp. 1
Walking the Streetsp. 7
Deaths and Births in an Immigrant Cityp. 40
Laboring People and the Urban Economyp. 63
Material Conditionsp. 92
Careersp. 126
Migration, Housing, and Povertyp. 150
Family Livesp. 176
Conclusionp. 197
Limited Prosopographyp. 201
Demographic Conditions of Philadelphiap. 204
Occupational Structure of Philadelphiap. 213
Appendix Dp. 216
Appendix Ep. 224
Appendix Fp. 230
Indexp. 239
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