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Gleanings of FreedomFree and Slave Labor along the Mason-Dixon Line, 1790-1860$
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Max Grivno

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036521

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036521.001.0001

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1. “The Land Flows with Milk and Honey”

1. “The Land Flows with Milk and Honey”

Agriculture and Labor in the Early Republic

(p.23) 1. “The Land Flows with Milk and Honey”
Gleanings of Freedom

Max Grivno

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines northern Maryland's economy and workforce from the 1790s through the 1810s. The region had prospered during this period, given that the Napoleonic Wars disrupted farming and trade in Europe and the Caribbean, thus creating a void that allowed Americans to reap a windfall by supplying the belligerents and their colonies with foodstuffs. As commodity prices soared, northern Marylanders waded deeper into export markets and were drawn more closely into Baltimore's commercial orbit. In these heady decades, many people cast caution to the wind, speculating in land, purchasing consumer goods on credit, and amassing fortunes in dubious notes issued by rural banks and turnpike companies.

Keywords:   Maryland economy, Maryland workforce, Napoleonic Wars, export markets, early Republic, agriculture

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