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  •  Pretty biting that (3+ / 0-)
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    how dare O. Henry place blame on the stalwart defenders of the free market. Does he not know that a workingman, or woman, needs to be kept lean in order for them to aspire? Of course the corollary is that rich men must be afforded all their desires to reward them for their entrepreneurial striving.

    •  kilo50 (1+ / 0-)
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      Are you familiar with the work of historian Christopher Hill? I think his books The World Turned Upside Down and definitely Liberty Against the Law would be right up your alley. They're very readable (especially for an academic British historian.) He passed away not to long ago, but his work was revolutionary in trying to trace the roots of working class resistance to the Commercial Revolution and the Industrial Rveolution. Contorversial for some of his work (I do find some of it a bit too speculative), but well worth  a read.

      "He that knew all that learning ever writ/Knew only this - that he knew nothing yet"

      by aphra behn on Sun Sep 17, 2006 at 08:41:21 PM PDT

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      •  No I am not (2+ / 0-)
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        but I am jotting it down to check it out. That is a favorite subject of mine ie: working class struggle in the Industrialized Age. Thank you.

        •  ...then let me also suggest (1+ / 0-)
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          Anything by Marcus Rediker--he's done tremendous stuff in uncovering the revolutionary struggles of 18th century sailors against merchant capital. I love his Many Headed Hydra. As with Hill, he's sometimes a bit speculative, but he always is pretty clear about same.

          Also David Roediger's The Wages of Whiteness which takes a fascinating look at class and race in early Industrial America.

          I'll stop handing out book references now--more than you wanted, I'm sure! :) Thanks for all your comments and thoughts!

          "He that knew all that learning ever writ/Knew only this - that he knew nothing yet"

          by aphra behn on Sun Sep 17, 2006 at 08:54:31 PM PDT

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    •  Well, if that's how you feel you better not read (2+ / 0-)
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      Live Free or Die-words to live by

      by ForFreedom on Sun Sep 17, 2006 at 08:43:00 PM PDT

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      •  Thank you kindly (3+ / 0-)
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        for the links. They sweep me back to a time when decorum was most important all the while the world ( Euopean Culture anyway ) was surely going mad. Einstein and physics, Picasso and Cubism, the world seemingly cracked and fractured while the middle class struggled to remain calm as if nothing of note was happening. That surely was a strange time to live in. OT I know, but your links reminded me of a lot of subjects.

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