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Regulation and Economic Activity: The Bordeaux Shoemaking Economy

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On October 8, 1775, while searching for violations of their statutes, guild leaders of the master shoemakers came upon Massein, a nonmaster from Saint-André, who was attempting to illegally introduce a large quantity of new shoes into the city. When the bayles demanded that the shoemaker surrender his products, Massein responded with cries of “thief” and “murderer” and was immediately aided by a number of other sympathetic workers. Strengthened by this show of force, the unincorporated shoemaker taunted the guild officials: “Yes, damn it, we transport [our shoes] but [they] are not for you!” Massein then led the workers on a vicious assault of the two masters and proceeded to bring his contraband shoes into the city.1

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Eighteenth Century Corporate Organization Trade Community Increase Consumer Demand Trade Corporation 
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