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See also George W. Van Vleck, The Panic of 1857: An Analytical Study (New York: Columbia University Press, 1943), esp. 64–79, 91–92; and James L. Huston, The Panic of 1857 and the Coming of the Civil War (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1987). 13 percent. S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Population, vol. : Government Printing Office, 1864); and History of Dubuque County, 531–32 (‘‘fig-leaf ’’). ’’ The papers singled out particular businesses for special notice: J.

In 1850 Philadelphia had a population of 408,081, with 57,958 employees in the manufacturing census, or more than one-tenth of the total population. 22 Primary production—farming and mining—continued to be an important part of Dubuque’s economy in 1860. Julien Township had 112 farmers, 92 farm laborers, and 389 miners in its 1860 population. Consistent with the emerging view that production rather than commerce was the key to the city’s economic health, the newspapers regularly stressed the importance of farming and mining.

Although comprising just under half of those with occupations in the 1860 census, Irish and German immigrants constituted more than half of the working class. 1, appendix A for more specific data. 2, appendix A for specific data. DUBUQUE BEFORE THE CIVIL WAR 43 city, the Irish were two-fifths of the unskilled. Similarly, Germans made up more than one-third of the artisans, compared to Germans’ overall share of less than one-quarter of the workforce. In contrast, native-born individuals dominated the business class in the city even more thoroughly than the Irish and Germans did the working class.

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