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Caught in the machinery : workplace accidents and injured workers in nineteenth-century Britain

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363.1065 BROc
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Length:
x, 222 p. ; 24 cm.
Publisher:
Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press
Year:
2007
ISBN-ISSN:
0804700087
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Books
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Abstract:
Draws on social, cultural, and legal history to bring to life the dangers facing working people in Great Britain between 1800 and the first British Employer's Liability Act of 1880. Autobiographies, songs, and broadsides provide a window onto the cultural meanings of workplace accidents and contrast those meanings with the views of humanitarian onlookers and the Victorian press. The book is uniquely attentive to the broader Anglo-American context; in the nineteenth century, Great Britain and the United States shared a common-law regime that was singularly unfriendly to workers, but each country eventually developed workers' compensation in response to very different sets of pressures.

Contents: Introduction: Not your typical day at the office -- The perils of the workplace -- The options for injured workers -- The cultural meanings of workplace accidents -- The paradox of free labor -- Industrial accidents and state power -- Epilogue: the Anglo-American aftermath.
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