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Glickstein, Jonathan A.
American Exceptionalism, American Anxiety
Wages, Competition, and Degraded Labor in the Antebellum United States
The mythology of nineteenth-century American economic exceptionalism trumpeted the positive work incentives prevailing in a society of scarce labor, weak class barriers, and abundant opportunity. This ideology agreed with the optimistic vein of political economy, in which high wages went hand in... More