Carpenters at work. Wood is certainly one of man's oldest durable building materials. "The man who, by his own and his family's labour can provide a sufficiency of food and raiment, and a comfortable dwelling-place, is not a poor man." From: Cottage Economy, William Cobbett 1833.
As we head into the weekend, I wanted to share a short essay. This may be a lengthy read by internet standards but I would like to suggest that you pour yourself your favorite beverage or if you are at work then skive off a bit and take in the wisdom of Robert Louis Stevenson. … Continue reading No Apology Necessary
The wheel barrow is an old device replacing the hand barrow which was more of a stretcher-like contraption. Simple as it is, it is one of those benchmark inventions and should not be overlooked in the realm of important technological innovations.
J L Hammond and Barbara Hammond are two of the greatest historians you’ve probably never heard of. In the early years of the twentieth century, they were commissioned by the British Labor Research Department to investigate the social and economic impacts of enclosure, displacement, and attempts to organize labor (combinations), up to the Reform Bill of 1832…
Practically, their work discusses the effects of enclosure, the systematic disruption of English village life by taking of common land by the aristocracy. Enabled in large part by the Glorious Revolution of 1688, enclosure became an instrument of massive land theft by the titled classes, legitimized by Parliament. Through the penal laws and the practice of transportation, plantations in the American colonies were provided with cheap labor.
The Concentration of Power, the controversial first chapter of The Village Labourer, was only printed in the first edition of the book.
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