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Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men I. Recap: Work in Flux, 1840 II. Labor Republicanism A. Ideology B. Economic Expression C. Cultural Expression D. Political Expression E. Paranoid Aspects III. Workers and the G.O.P. A. Politics B. Policies IV. The Civil War and Reconstruction A. Rich Man’s War, Poor Man’s Fight B. Reconstructing Labor C. Dividing the Working Class D. Unfinished Revolution

Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men I.Recap: Work in Flux, 1840 II.Labor Republicanism A.Ideology B.Economic Expression C.Cultural Expression D.Political Expression

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  • Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men I.Recap: Work in Flux, 1840 II.Labor Republicanism A.Ideology B.Economic Expression C.Cultural Expression D.Political Expression E.Paranoid Aspects III.Workers and the G.O.P. A. Politics B.Policies IV.The Civil War and Reconstruction A.Rich Mans War, Poor Mans Fight B.Reconstructing Labor C.Dividing the Working Class D.Unfinished Revolution
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  • Recap Market revolution In the North, wage labor replaces servitude, slavery, craft apprenticeship Slavery grows stronger in the South
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  • Free Labor Ideology Nobility of work Protestant work ethic Freedom of Contract Upward mobility Political participation Anti-slavery
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  • Economic Unions Between 1834 and 1836, number of members grows from 26K to 300K Between 1833 and 1837, 175 strikes Form National Trades Union Charter, United Order American Mechanics, 1853
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  • Cultural Mariners temperance pledge, 1840s Religion offers: Alternative status Advancement Temperance allows men to show their manly discipline and independence.
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  • Political Jacksonian values Economic expansion creates opportunity Eliminate special privileges that bar mobility Expand individual rights to white men without property
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  • The Dark Side Anti-Masonry Murder of Wm. Morgan Nativism Know Nothing Party Racism Blackface minstrelsy Song sheet with minstrel, 1850s
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  • Political Realignment Slavery shatters Democrats and Whigs Albany-Richmond alliance New parties emerge Free Soil Party (1848-54) Know Nothings (1854-6) Republican Party (1854-) Absorbs Whigs, Know Nothings, and Free Soilers Becomes prime exponent of free labor ideology
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  • Policies Land Homesteading Land grant colleges Industry Tariffs Internal improvements Anti-slavery
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  • Rich Mans War, Poor Mans Fight Refugee slaves Poor Southern white resistance Pres. Andrew Johnson New York City Draft Riots NY Governor Seymour addresses the rioters
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  • Reconstructing Labor Southern industrial school for freedpeople, 1866
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  • Dividing the Working Class Opposition to slavery was not equivalent to racial egalitarianism Postwar politicians exploit racial resentment to break Radical power
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  • Unfinished Revolution