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Men Is Cheap - Exposing the Frauds of Free Labor in Civil War America (Hardcover) Loot Price: R904
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Men Is Cheap - Exposing the Frauds of Free Labor in Civil War America (Hardcover): Brian P. Luskey

Men Is Cheap - Exposing the Frauds of Free Labor in Civil War America (Hardcover)

Brian P. Luskey

Series: Civil War America

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When a Civil War substitute broker told business associates that "Men is cheep here to Day," he exposed an unsettling contradiction at the heart of the Union's war effort. Despite Northerners' devotion to the principles of free labor, the war produced rampant speculation and coercive labor arrangements that many Americans labeled fraudulent. Debates about this contradiction focused on employment agencies called "intelligence offices," institutions of dubious character that nevertheless served the military and domestic necessities of the Union army and Northern households. Northerners condemned labor agents for pocketing fees above and beyond contracts for wages between employers and employees. Yet the transactions these middlemen brokered with vulnerable Irish immigrants, Union soldiers and veterans, former slaves, and Confederate deserters defined the limits of independence in the wage labor economy and clarified who could prosper in it. Men Is Cheap shows that in the process of winning the war, Northerners were forced to grapple with the frauds of free labor. Labor brokers, by helping to staff the Union military and Yankee households, did indispensable work that helped the Northern state and Northern employers emerge victorious. They also gave rise to an economic and political system that enriched the managerial class at the expense of laborers--a reality that resonates to this day.

General

Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press
Country of origin: United States
Series: Civil War America
Release date: February 2020
Authors: Brian P. Luskey
Dimensions: 235 x 155mm (L x W)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 296
ISBN-13: 978-1-4696-5432-4
Categories: Books > Humanities > History
Books > Social sciences > Warfare & defence
Books > Business & Economics > Business & management
Books > Business & Economics > Industry & industrial studies
Books > Humanities > History > American history
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects
Books > Social sciences > Warfare & defence > War & defence operations
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Books > Business & Economics > Industry & industrial studies > Industrial relations & safety
Books > Humanities > History > American history > 1800 to 1900
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > Military history
Books > Social sciences > Warfare & defence > War & defence operations > Civil war
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Books > Business & Economics > Industry & industrial studies > Industrial relations & safety > Industrial relations
Books > Business & Economics > Industry & industrial studies > Industrial relations & safety > Industrial relations > General
Books > History > American history
Books > History > American history > 1800 to 1900
Books > History > History of specific subjects
Books > History > History of specific subjects > Military history
LSN: 1-4696-5432-6
Barcode: 9781469654324

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