Six Centuries of Work and Wages: A History of English Labor

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Humboldt Publishing Company, 1890 - 160 psl.

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91 psl. - Above all things, what is now characteristic of human life, that one-half of the world does not know how the other half lives, a very moderate statement of the fact, was not true of the early ages of English progress.
132 psl. - I hope, to discover and explain the special causes which affected the laborer from the middle of the sixteenth century to the end of the first quarter in the nineteenth.
102 psl. - When the man who is clothed in purple and fine linen and fares sumptuously every day...
104 psl. - The golden age of English oratory, which extends over the last quarter of the eighteenth and the first quarter of the nineteenth centuries, produced no speaker, either in Parliament or at the Bar, superior in persuasive force and artistic finish to Thomas Lord Erskine.
148 psl. - England's Improvement by Sea and Land: To Outdo the Dutch without Fighting; To Pay Debts without Moneys; To Set at Work the Poor of England with the Growth of Our Own Lands...
73 psl. - I have stated more than once that the fifteenth century and the first quarter of the sixteenth were the golden age of the English labourer, if we are to interpret the wages which he earned by the cost of the necessaries of life. At no time were wages, relatively speaking, so high, and at no time was food so cheap.
152 psl. - Hitherto it is questionable if all the mechanical inventions yet made have lightened the day's toil of any human being. They have enabled a greater population to live the same life of drudgery and imprisonment, and an increased number of manufacturers and others to make fortunes.
65 psl. - They read of the times when there was no king in Israel, when every man did that which was right in his own eyes, and sat under his own vine and his own fig-tree, none daring to make him afraid.
133 psl. - ... practically helpless, and that the lowest point was reached just about the outbreak of the great war between King and Parliament. From this time it gradually improved, till in the first half of the eighteenth century, though still far below the level of the fifteenth, it achieved comparative plenty. Then it began to sink again, and the workmen experienced the direst misery during the great continental war. Latterly, almost within our own memory and knowledge, it has experienced a slow and partial...

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