The Pennsylvania Historical Association is pleased to announce that an article appearing in the Spring 2017 issue of its journal, Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies, has been awarded the 2017 Arline Custer Memorial Award from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC). “‘The High Price of Living’: The Lives of Insolvent Laborers in Jacksonian-Era Cumberland County,” by Dr. Michael B. McCoy of SUNY–Orange, makes great use of a wonderful primary source, the Cumberland County Insolvent Debtor Petitions, 1799–1860, housed in the Cumberland County, PA, Archives. The article considers the lives and economic conditions of the county's poor by analyzing the reasons given for insolvency listed on the petitions. Dr. McCoy also tabulated the petitions, providing statistical analysis of them in seven tables. The article makes excellent and exhaustive use of this primary source, which is also on line at http://ccweb.ccpa.net/archives/RecordGroupSeries?RGID=47&RID=1. The Custer Award committee felt that the...

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