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Town born :the political economy of New England from its founding to the Revolution /Barry Levy.

Collection Type
Books
Originator
Levy, Barry.
Publication
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press
Publisher Series
Early American studies
Early American studies.
Contents
pt. 1. Foundations -- Political economy -- Stripes -- Settlement -- pt. 2. Development -- Political fabric -- Of wharves and men -- Rural shipbuilding -- Crews -- pt. 3. Town people -- Orphans -- Prodigals or milquetoasts? -- Epilogue.
Date
c2009.
Description
In Town Born, Barry Levy shows that New England's distinctive and far more egalitarian order was due neither to the colonists' peasant traditionalism nor to the region's inhospitable environment. Instead, New England's labor system and relative equality were every bit a consequence of its innovative system of governance, which placed nearly all land under the control of several hundred self-governing town meetings. As Levy shows, these town meetings were not simply sites of empty democratic rituals but were used to organize, force, and reconcile laborers, families, and entrepreneurs into profitable export economies. The town meetings protected the value of local labor by persistently excluding outsiders and privileging the town born.--From publisher description.
vi, 354 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
0812241770 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780812241778 (hardcover : alk. paper)
GUSN
242409
Call Number
Stacks HC107.A11 L48 2009
Descriptive terms
Arbeitssystem.
Cities and towns History.
City and town life History.
Economic conditions.
Land settlement History.
Politics and government To 1775.
Politische èOkonomie.
Power (Social sciences) History.
Social conditions.
Places
Neuengland.
New England

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