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Author Zonderman, David A.

Title Aspirations and Anxieties : New England Workers and the Mechanized Factory System, 1815-1850
Published Cary : Oxford University Press, 1992
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Contents Introduction; PART I; 1. Terror and Wonder: Workers and Machines; 2. The Quest for the Middle Ground: Workers and Factory Buildings; 3. Harmony and Antagonism: Workers, Managers, and the Social Relations of Production; 4. Solidarity and Fragmentation: Workers' Social Dynamics on the Shop Floor; 5. Rules, Schools, and Prisons: Workers and Factory Regulations; 6. Paying the Price: Workers, Contracts, and Wage Labor; PART II; 7. To the Streets and the Halls: Workers, Protest, and Organizing; 8. A Time to Labor: Workers, the Workday, and the Ten-Hour Movement
9. Means and Ends: Workers and the Value of WorkNotes; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y
Summary Aspirations and Anxieties is a working class intellectual history of early factory operatives in antebellum New England. The book focuses on the operatives' perceptions of technological and socio-economic changes in the mechanized workplace. The study uncovers a complex debate over manyfacets of the factory system--the machines and factory buildings, wages and hours, relations between managers and workers, and the content and character of protest. Finally, the book argues that the roots of this debate lie in the struggle to define the meaning of work itself in a period ofprofound social cha
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ISBN 0195363388
9780195363388