Coercion, Contract, and Free Labor in the Nineteenth Century by Robert J. Steinfeld
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Coercion, Contract, and Free Labor in the Nineteenth Century
By Robert J. Steinfeld

Coercion, Contract, and Free Labor in the Nineteenth Century

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Coercion, Contract, and Free Labor in the Nineteenth Century by Robert J. Steinfeld

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This book presents a fundamental reassessment of the nature of wage labor in the nineteenth century, focusing on the common use of penal sanctions in England to enforce wage labor agreements. Professor Steinfeld argues that wage workers were not employees at will but were often bound to their employment by enforceable labor agreements, which employers used whenever available to manage their labor costs and supply. In the northern United States, where employers normally could not use penal sanctions, the common law made other contract remedies available, also placing employers in a position to enforce labor agreements. Modern free wage labor only came into being late in the nineteenth century, as a result of reform legislation that restricted the contract remedies employers could legally use.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521774000
ISBN-10: 0521774004
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 342
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 5-Feb-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Coercion, Contract, and Free Labor in the Nineteenth Century by Robert J. Steinfeld Coercion, Contract, and Free Labor in the Nineteenth Century, Hardback (February 2001)

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