Family Security in the Transition from Farm to City, 1750-1850

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Religion (CGU)

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Arts and Humanities | Family, Life Course, and Society | History | Social and Behavioral Sciences


The most elemental change, affecting all who left the farm, shopkeepers and transportation workers as well as factory hands, was separation from the land. For the traditional peasant, land was a source of nearly every human need--nourishment, warmth, clothing. Landowners derived income from their property during illness and old age. Land was both subsistence and security. Planning for a season, a life, or for coming generations turned on the acquisition and use of land. The industrial work discipline may have disrupted familiar work rhythms, but separation from soil jeopardized survival itself. Among many changes, the relation of land and family security is an aspect of the transition from farm to city deserving more attention.

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© 1981 SAGE Publications