Advocate for American Enterprise: William Buck Dana and the Commercial and Financial Chronicle, 1865-1910

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Overview

In 1865, William Buck Dana, working a bold new departure in American journalism, established the nation's first business weekly, the Commercial and Financial Chronicle, in the country's commercial nerve center, New York City. As its publisher and editor, he became the nation's most influential reporter and commentator on business and finance, playing a major role in creating a national and international economy. Unequaled as a comprehensive and reliable source of business news, Dana's Chronicle has become a critical source for studying 19th century business history. This book is a study of Dana the man, his ideas, and their importance.

Divided into three sections, the book considers Dana's formative years, his career, and his later life. The book then turns to the main themes conveyed in the Chronicle's editorial content, allowing the reader to imaginatively reconstruct Dana's mental world. Comments on Dana's and his paper's importance and influence are also included. While enlarging our understanding of Dana, the Chronicle, and economic thought of the time, Advocate for American Enterprise will enhance our understanding of this critically important era.

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Meet the Author

DOUGLAS STEEPLES is Professor of History Emeritus and formerly Dean at Mercer University. His primary research interests are the American West and U.S. Business History. His recent books include Treasure from the Painted Hills (Greenwood, 1999) and Democracy in Desperation (Greenwood, 1998).

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 The Education of an Entrepreneur 1
2 Man of Enterprise 37
3 The Natural Order of Things 93
4 Labor and Its Fruits 117
5 Property and Its Rights 139
6 The Role of Government 167
Afterword 209
Select Bibliography 215
Index 231
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