Adam Smith and the Origins of American Enterprise: How the Founding Fathers Turned to a Great Economist's Writings and Created the American Economy / Edition 1 by Roy C. Smith | 9780312325763 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Adam Smith and the Origins of American Enterprise: How the Founding Fathers Turned to a Great Economist's Writings and Created the American Economy / Edition 1

Adam Smith and the Origins of American Enterprise: How the Founding Fathers Turned to a Great Economist's Writings and Created the American Economy / Edition 1

by Roy C. Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312325762

ISBN-13: 9780312325763

Pub. Date: 02/21/2004

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Adam Smith was a Scottish professor of moral philosophy. He published his classic The Wealth of Nations in 1776, the year the American Revolution began. Smith became widely known for his ideas of free markets, laissez-faire commerce, and the "invisible hand." Yet English politicians, landed gentry, and the nobility paid little attention and enacted none of

Overview

Adam Smith was a Scottish professor of moral philosophy. He published his classic The Wealth of Nations in 1776, the year the American Revolution began. Smith became widely known for his ideas of free markets, laissez-faire commerce, and the "invisible hand." Yet English politicians, landed gentry, and the nobility paid little attention and enacted none of Smith's suggested reforms.

The American colonies, however, began their existence as an independent nation in 1781 with no money, no industry, no banks, and deep in debt. The Founding Fathers-particularly Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and Benjamin Franklin-turned to the ideas of Adam Smith to create and jump-start an economic system for America with both immediate and long-sustained results.

This little-known but vital part of U.S. history is now revealed in Roy C. Smith's highly readable new book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312325763
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
02/21/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionix
1.Enlightenment and the New Economics1
Who Was Adam Smith?10
The British Economic System24
The American Question40
The Enlightenment Comes to America51
2.Colonial Enterprise54
Four Separate Economies58
Economic Growth in the Colonies73
Sociologies79
Colonial Wealth84
3.War and Independence89
War and Transition91
Creating a New Government105
Implementing a Constitution116
Early American Enterprise125
4.Hardening the Template135
American Economic Strategies144
Four Pillars of Enterprise150
Mid-Century Opulence166
5.Nothing Like It in the World175
Epilogue201
Notes215
Index219

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