American Artisans: Crafting Society Identity, 1750-1850

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Journal of Southern History

A more complete range of artisans than ever before, from rural white tanners on Maryland's Eastern Shore to enslaved blacksmiths in Virginia's capital to a Washington, D.C., foreman who earned the respect of workers without ever joining their union.

Contributing to US labor history, 11 essays from an October 1990 conference in Silver Spring, Maryland, discuss the experience and conditions of artisans from the perspectives of the southern experience, class and politics, biography, and iconographic interpretations. Among the topics are craft dynasties in 18th- century Maryland, the struggle for a 10-hour workday, alternative communities and the evangelical appeal, and working-class occupational portraits. Paper edition (unseen), $16.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801850301
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction. Identity and Independence: The American Artisan, 1750-1850
1 From Father to Son: Economic Roots of Craft Dynasties in Eighteenth-Century Maryland 3
2 Freemen, Servants, and Slaves: Artisans and the Craft Structure of Revolutionary Baltimore Town 17
3 Planters in the Making: Artisanal Opportunity in Georgia, 1790-1830 33
4 Slave Artisans in Richmond, Virginia, 1780-1810 48
5 Alternative Communities: American Artisans and the Evangelical Appeal, 1780-1830 65
6 The Petitioning of Artisans and Operatives: Means and Ends in the Struggle for a Ten-Hour Day 77
7 "Spavined Ministers, Lying Toothpullers, and Buggering Priests": Third-Partyism and the Search for Security in the Antebellum North 98
8 Becoming Joseph T. Buckingham: The Struggle for Artisanal Independence in Early-Nineteenth-Century Boston 123
9 From Artisan to Alderman: The Career of William W. Moore, 1803-1886 135
10 "All Her Sons Join as One Social Band": New York City's Artisanal Societies in the Early Republic 155
11 With Hammer in Hand: Working-Class Occupational Portraits 176
Notes 199
Contributors 245
Index 247
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