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

Collection Type

  • Books and periodicals

GUSN

GUSN-242409

Description

vi, 354 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm., 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.

Details

Descriptive Terms

Cities and towns History.
Land settlement History.
Power (Social sciences) History.
City and town life History.
Arbeitssystem.
Politische èOkonomie.
Economic conditions.
Politics and government To 1775.
Social conditions.

Originator

Levy, Barry.

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.

Publication

Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press

Publisher Series

Early American studies
Early American studies.

Description

vi, 354 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
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.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN

9780812241778 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0812241770 (hardcover : alk. paper)

Call Number

Stacks HC107.A11 L48 2009

Places

New England
Neuengland.