From Bondage to Contract:Wage Labor, Marriage, and the Market in the Age of Slave Emancipation

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This book explores the centrality of contract to debates over freedom and slavery in nineteenth-century America. It focuses on the contracts of wage labor and marriage, investigating the connections between abolition in the South and industrial capitalism in the North and linking labor relations to home life. Integrating the fields of gender and legal, intellectual and social history, it reveals how abolitionists, former slaves, feminists, laborers, lawmakers and others drew on contract to condemn chattel slavery and to measure the virtues of free society.
ISBN: 
9780521635264
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Paperback
Publication Date: 
November 1, 1998