Life in Early Philadelphia: Documents from the Revolutionary and Early National Periods


Covering the period from about 1775 to 1810, these remarkable documents reveal glimpses of the lives of everyday men and women- from the impoverished, imprisoned, and enslaved to the 'middling sort' and the wealthy.
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Covering the period from about 1775 to 1810, these remarkable documents reveal glimpses of the lives of everyday men and women- from the impoverished, imprisoned, and enslaved to the 'middling sort' and the wealthy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271014548
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Billy G. Smith is Professor of History at Montana State University. He is the author of The "Lower Sort": Philadelphia's Laboring People, 1750–1800 (1990) and the co-editor of Blacks Who Stole Themselves: Advertisements for Runaways in the Pennsylvania Gazette, 1728-1790 (1989) and The Infortunate: The Voyage and Adventures of William Moraley, an Indentured Servant (Penn State, 1992).

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Table of Contents

1 Philadelphia: The Athens of America 3
2 The Institutional Poor: The Almshouse Daily Occurrence Docket 29
3 Prisoners: The Prisoners for Trial Docket and the Vagrancy Docket 57
4 Fugitives: Newspaper Advertisements for Runaway Slaves, Indentured Servants, and Apprentices 87
5 A Woman of the "Best Sort": The Diary of Elizabeth Drinker 131
6 A Working Woman: The Autobiography of Ann Baker Carson 155
7 Marriage and Death: The Records of Gloria Dei Church 177
8 Zachariah Poulson's Bills of Mortality, 1788-1801 219
9 Equality and Justice: Philadelphia's Popular Revolution, 1775-1780 245
10 Small-Producer Thought: The Argument About Capitalism 265
Appendix: Monetary Values 279
Glossary 281
Selected Bibliography and Further Reading 285
Contributors 291
Name Index 293
Subject Index 311
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