Summary: The Runaway Slave Labor

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surroundings, and no matter how hard they tried to escape the medical kept pushing them back down, “It is probable that, by careful selection, we might succeed in producing a race of strong-minded, masculine women…but by that time men might have become reconciled to the gentler occupations of domestic life.” (Health, disease and society in Europe 1800-1930, Brunton, 126). Even women within the United States fought against their culture and the government for equal pay. It would not be until 2009 when President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and even though this bill was signed women, up to this point, made 78 cents for every dollar a man earned (Lilly Ledbetter, 1). Women became trapped within a culture that demanded unequal…show more content…
Some laborers tried to break away from the economic confinement and create communities in which laborers could live peacefully, such is the case with the Palmares community. Palmares represented an independent economic break away from the slave laborers, and their harsh world of plantation living, “Palmares harbored perhaps as many as 20,000 to 50,000 people…Palmares represented runaway slaves success at forming a maroon state of politically integrated communities containing Africans of various ethnic groups, creoles born into slavery, and native Tupians.” (Runaways Establish Maroon Communities in the Hinterland of Brazil, Garofalo, 45). This community threw away their constraints and became able to live to on their own, and could find an identity through their work as an economic competitor to South American plantations. Their freedom from slavery turned into a competition of economic gain, “Maroons offered opportunities for trade outside of the plantation-dominated system, and they offered other runaways inspiration and sometimes refuge.” (Runaways Establish Maroon Communities in the Hinterland of Brazil, Garofalo, 46). Not only did runaway slaves establish a community to break away from their masters, this community began dipping into the economic gains of the people they escaped from. Although the people of Palmares became free from their…show more content…
Social aspects divided people into categories such as the apprentices in the printing shop and the Chinese worker, and not allowing them to move up in status because the bourgeois or government constrained them. Cultural restraints in South America, Europe, and the United States found women having to fight to gain an identity, and for Cuban women this identity came through work, but for women in the U.S. and Europe their identity change was not inherently hinged on their laboring positions. Economic factors also forced the community of Palmares to once again be put under a set of limits and restraints from the people in which they escaped, and 20th century U.S. coal mining families faced the harsh reality of the unbreakable economic constraints forced upon them and their needs. These aspects have attributed to the historical laborer’s strife to find something better, but these laborers still found that they had limits and were constrained by these forces throughout their
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