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From Privileges to Rights Work and Politics in Colonial New York City

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ISBN-10: 0812239156

ISBN-13: 9780812239157

Edition: 2006

Authors: Simon Middleton

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From Privileges to Rights connects the changing fortunes of tradesmen in early New York to the emergence of a conception of subjective rights that accompanied the transition to a republican and liberal order in eighteenth-century America. Using hitherto unexamined records from the New York City Mayor's Court, Simon Middleton demonstrates that, rather than merely mastering skilled crafts in workshops, artisans participated in whatever enterprises and markets promised profits with a minimum of risk. Bakers, butchers, and carpenters competed in a bustling urban economy knit together by credit that connected their fortunes to the Atlantic trade.In the early eighteenth century, changes in…    
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Book details

List price: $69.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date: 3/3/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 0.59" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

List of Illustrations
"Earning a beaver": Tradesmen in New Amsterdam
"Like a child in their debt and consequently their slave": The Transition to English Rule, 1664-1691
"Diverse necessaries and conveniences work found and provided": Trading in a Craft Economy, 1691-1730
"The only obstruction at this present is our want of people": The Labor Problem, 1691-1730
"So much as he should reasonably deserve to have": Tradesmen and the English Common Law
"C'mon brave boys let us be brave for liberty and law": Artisans and Politics, 1730-1763