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Freedom's GardenerJames F. Brown, Horticulture, and the Hudson Valley in Antebellum America$

Myra B. Young Armstead

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814705100

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814705100.001.0001

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(p.39) Part II Free Man and Free Laborer

(p.39) Part II Free Man and Free Laborer

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Freedom's Gardener
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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814705100.011.0002

After 1829, James F. Brown was legally free and came to enjoy, along with Julia, a measure of economic security. During his life as a free man, he could claim several positive experiences in the workplace—membership in an occupational fraternity of sorts, upward mobility in a competitive labor market, affirmation of his moral rectitude, and escape from wage slavery. He accomplished these things as a successful gardener for the Verplancks at the family’s Mount Gulian estate. (p.40)