Bending is Not Breaking: Adaptation and Persistence Among 19th Century Lancaster Artisans

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University Press of America, 1990 - History - 116 pages
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Examines how the industrial revolution affected the lives and work of artisans in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The author seeks to correct the historical assumption that the rise of the factory system brought nothing but misery and hardship by showing how Lancaster weathered the challenge successfully.
 

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A THRIVING ACTIVITY IN A GROWING URBAN CENTER LANCASTERS 18TH CENTURY CRAFT TRADITION
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THE LANCASTER ARTISAN IN 1819 THE SPECTRE OF DEPRESSION BEYOND THE GOLDEN AGE
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LANCASTER ARTISANS IN AN INDUSTRIALIZING SOCIETY 1850
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CHANGING WORK TECHNIQUES AS A KEY TO PERSISTENCE
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CULTURAL FACTORS IN THE PERSISTENCE OF HAND TECHNOLOGY
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THE ARTISAN IN 1880 ADAPTING AND SURVIVING IN A MATURING INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY
91
CONCLUSION
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Thomas R. Winpenny is Professor of History at Elizabethtown College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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