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Down and Out in Early America

By: edited by Billy G. Smith.

Price: $27.00

Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press: c2004

Seller ID: 023171

ISBN: 0271023171

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.The fact is that in early America only an extremely thin margin separated those who required ass... View more info

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The Infortunate: The Voyage and Adventures of William Moraley, An Indentured Servant, 2nd edition

By: edited by Susan E. Klepp & Billy G. Smith.

Price: $18.00

Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press: 2004

Edition: 2

Seller ID: 026766

ISBN: 0271026766

Condition: 208 pages, Pennsylvania State University Press


First published by Penn State Press in 1992, The Infortunate has become a staple for teachers and students of American history. William Moraley's firsthand account of bound servitude provides a rare glimpse of life among the lower classes in England and the American colonies during the eighteenth century. In the decade since its original publication, Susan Klepp and Billy Smith have unearthed new information on Moraley's life, both before his ill-fated venture as an indentured servant from England to the "American Plantations" and after his return to England. This revised edition featu... View more info