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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 1 (1788-1800) Labor force: 1.9 million workers 80% agricultural 90% were in two categories of work: self employed persons and small tradesmen Primary method on building work force: reliance on high birth rates Build labor force: biological reproduction and immigration Immigrants: slaves or soon to be free persons First union of workers who joined together to improve wages had been established by shoemakers in Philadelphia in 1792 Because people were self employed and most non agricultural work relied on handicraft, there was little place for unions Standards of work and product prices were their primary concerns when disputes arose Work was similar to the colonial era...
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- Spring '08