By: edited by Billy G. Smith.
Pennsylvania State University Press: c2004
Seller ID: 023171
Condition: 327 pages, 6 x 9 1/4, maps, paperback, Pennsylvania State University Press
It has often been said that early America was the "best poor man's country in the world." After all, wasn't there an abundance of land and a scarcity of laborers? The law of supply and demand would seem to dictate that most early American working people enjoyed high wages and a decent material standard of living. Down and Out in Early America presents the evidence for poverty versus plenty and concludes that financial insecurity was a widespread problem that plagued many early Americans.
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