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Article Review American Economic Development An article review of: “Women, Children and Industrialization in the Early Republic” The article that I chose to review was Goldin, C. and Sokoloff. K.” Women, Children and Industrialization in the Early Republic. This article explained the role of Women and Children in industry. During the mid 1800’s, Women and Children are the most prevalent in the workforce. In other words, many factory positions were held by Women and their Children. It was this group of people that helped changed American industry. This article began to explain the reasons for the increase in the amount of women and children in factories before 1850. One of these reasons being the cost of labor. According to the article, the price for a male worker had gone up, so they started turning to women and children for cheaper labor. Another one of these reasons is the replacement of skilled workers. Since factories needed so many workers, unskilled employees took the spot of those who were skilled. According to Goldin and Sokoloff, prior to 1820, women and children did not have much prominence in the economy. They had some experience with household manufacturing or small business. None had experience with large industry. According to page 750 of the article, women and children started to play a role in large industry after the Embargo act of 1807 and the war of 1812. After these two events “the proportion of manufacturing workers composed of
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This note was uploaded on 05/14/2008 for the course SPA 101 taught by Professor Fisher during the Spring '08 term at SUNY New Paltz.

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