French Worker Autobiographies from the Early Industrial Era

ISBN-10: 0520079329

ISBN-13: 9780520079328

Edition: 1993

Authors: Mark Traugott

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This anthology, drawn from the autobiographies of seven men and women whose lives span the nineteenth century, provides a rare glimpse of the everyday lives of workers in the age of early industrialization in France. Appearing for the first time in English, these stories vividly convey the ambitions, hardships, and reversals of ordinary people struggling to gain a measure of respectability. The workers' livelihoods are diverse: chair-maker, embroiderer, joiner, mason, silk weaver, machinist, seamstress. Their stories of daily activities, work life, and popular politics are filled with lively, often poignant moments. We learn of dismal, unsanitary housing; of disease; workplace accidents; and terrible hardship, especially for the children of the poor. We read of exploitation and injustice, of courtship and marriage, and of the sociability of the wine-merchant's shop and the boardinghouse. Traugott's analytic introduction discusses the many shifts in French society during the nineteenth century. Used in combination with other sources, these autobiographies illuminate the relationship between changes in working conditions and in the forms of political participation and protest occurring as the century came to a close.
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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/25/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
A Worker in 1820
Recollections of a Daughter of the People
Memoirs of a Compagnon
Memoirs of Leonard, a Former Mason's Assistant
Memoirs and Adventures of a Proletarian in Times of Revolution
Memoirs of a Militant Worker from Le Creusot
My Memoirs
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