Workshop of Revolution
Plebian Buenos Aires and the Atlantic World, 1776-1810
Duke University Press 2011
Lyman Johnson‘s book Workshop of Revolution: Plebian Buenos Aires and the Atlantic World, 1776-1810 (Duke University Press, 2011) analyzes the economic, political, and social lives of working people in Argentina’s colonial capital. Johnson traces the economic challenges facing plebian workers in Buenos Aires, including competition from foreign goods, the arrival of enslaved Africans into the city’s economy, difficulties in labor organization, and transformations in colonial governance. It provides a vibrant explanation of the factors that helped to create an organized working class on the eve of Latin America’s independence movements. In many ways, his study provides a much-needed introduction to the social and economic factors that eventually resulted in Argentinian revolution.