"Sequestering" Resources-- the South and the North

Michael Perelman michael at ecst.csuchico.edu
Tue Jul 15 10:57:30 MDT 2003

Minimum wage laws were important in the South in forcing business to lower
production costs.  Min. wage laws did little to increase wages elsewhere
in the country -- at least when they were first passed.

On Tue, Jul 15, 2003 at 10:09:35AM -0400, Louis Proyect wrote:
> dms wrote:
> > My reason for producing the data was to bolster the argument that 1. the war
> > definitely was about the development of productive forces .
> But sharecropping, seasonal labor contracts of the kind described by B.
> Traven in his "jungle" novels, cotton-picking by hand, convict labor and
> Jim Crow extra-economic constraints rather than wage labor and
> mechanization remained the rule until the 1950s. Seymour Melman wrote an
> article in the Journal of Economic History in 1949 titled "The
> Industrial Revolution in the South" that argued that pressures for lower
> production costs and market prices were finally driving the transition
> to the factory-farm. That's over 90 years after the end of the Civil War.
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Michael Perelman
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