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Common Labor: Workers and the Digging of North American Canals, 1780-1860

By: Peter Way

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press: 1997

Seller ID: 855225

ISBN: 0-8018-5522-5

Condition: 304 pages, paperback, Johns Hopkins University Press


Canal construction played a significant role in the rise of industrial America opening up new markets, employing an army of workers, and initiating the ties between capital and government that remain important to this day. The work went forward using simple tools and the brute strength of men and animals, with diggers working twelve-hour days and suffering the ravages of disease and injury. In this highly acclaimed study, Peter Way challenges conventional views of the part these workers played in the early republic and of the culture they created.Increasingly made up of Irish immigrants, W... View more info