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The Oxford Companion to United States History
Udo SautterUdo Sautter

America has always known unemployment although definitions of the term “out of work” have varied, depending on such factors as individual inclination and seasonality, as well as geographical, occupational, and social-mobility considerations. From its colonial origins until the late nineteenth century, when the United States was mainly agricultural, unemployed people generally relied on other resources for sustenance, such as gardening, hunting, or household contract work. Consequently, poor laws, ... ...

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