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Seth Rockman Scraping By Wage Labor Slavery and Survival in Early Baltimore Baltimore The Johns Hopkins University Press 2009In Scraping By Wage Labor Slavery and Survival in Early Baltimore Seth Rockman focuses on the struggle of the wage laborers and the lives of the experience of the working poor American capitalism depended on the exploitation of workers unable to fully obtain freedom in the marketplace Rockman illustrates on the lives and experiences of Americas marginalized workers of the lower class which provided with new ways to consider the history of capitalism labor history and social history in the early republicSeth Rockman begins with who worked in Baltimore he explains the development and commercial goods of Baltimore The rapid growth of Baltimore created jobs such as stevedores loading unloading cargo and carters Baltimore commercial rise was flour Growers in Maryland sold their grain in Baltimore turning grain into flour As a result growing flour in Baltimore grew the city economy Workers in Baltimore such as the millers transformed grain into flour and moved the finished product to waterfront warehouses Then the stevedores and day labors loaded the barrels to be shipped to the British West Indies South America and Europe The port extremely needed physical labor by working men and women for example for public works housing construction and carpenters Rockman concludes as the city construction enhanced so did the population and the number of jobs did too Many free blacks immigrants enslaved slave and native born women all worked together This illustrates that Baltimore population grew rapidly and the city labor became diverse In Baltimore employers placed help wanted advertisement in the newspaper Employers hired native-born white workers immigrants free blacks and rented slaves Rockman discusses the challenges of two free laboring men James Richardson Aaron Bunton and one black and one white Equillo and William C Goldsmith Five men working at the Jones Fall whose labor and likelihood depended at the New Bridge
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