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

TitleFrom Bondage to Contract: Wage Labor, Marriage, and the Market in the Age of Slave Emancipation
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsStanley, Amy Dru
Number of Pages293
PublisherCambridge University Press
CityCambridge ; New York
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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.

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