The Invention of Free Labor

The Invention of Free Labor
Author : Robert J. Steinfeld
Publisher : UNC Press Books
Total Pages : 286
Release : 2014-02-01
ISBN 10 : 9781469616391
ISBN 13 : 1469616394
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Invention of Free Labor Book Description:

Examining the emergence of the modern conception of free labor--labor that could not be legally compelled, even though voluntarily agreed upon--Steinfeld explains how English law dominated the early American colonies, making violation of al labor agreements punishable by imprisonment. By the eighteenth century, traditional legal restrictions no longer applied to many kinds of colonial workers, but it was not until the nineteenth century that indentured servitude came to be regarded as similar to slavery.


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