Manufacturing Revolution

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"While much has been written about the industrial revolution," writes Lawrence Peskin, "we rarely read about industrial revolutionaries." This absence, he explains, reflects the preoccupation of both classical and Marxist economics with impersonal forces rather than with individuals. In Manufacturing Revolution Peskin deviates from both dominant paradigms by closely examining the words and deeds of individual Americans who made things in their own shops, who met in small groups to promote industrialization, and ...

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Manufacturing Revolution: The Intellectual Origins of Early American Industry

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Overview

"While much has been written about the industrial revolution," writes Lawrence Peskin, "we rarely read about industrial revolutionaries." This absence, he explains, reflects the preoccupation of both classical and Marxist economics with impersonal forces rather than with individuals. In Manufacturing Revolution Peskin deviates from both dominant paradigms by closely examining the words and deeds of individual Americans who made things in their own shops, who met in small groups to promote industrialization, and who, on the local level, strove for economic independence.

In speeches, petitions, books, newspaper articles, club meetings, and coffee–house conversations, they fervently discussed the need for large-scale American manufacturing a half-century before the Boston Associates built their first factory. Peskin shows how these economic pioneers launched a discourse that continued for decades, linking industrialization to the cause of independence and guiding the new nation along the path of economic ambition. Based upon extensive research in both manuscript and printed sources from the period between 1760 and 1830, this book will be of interest to historians of the early republic and economic historians as well as to students of technology, business, and industry.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
Peskin examines the intellectual foundations of economic growth in the early Republic.
From the Publisher
Johns Hopkins University Press
History: Reviews of New Books
Peskin argues that historians have focused too much attention on the process of the Industrial Revolution without properly considering the men who actually convinced the rest of society to go along for the ride.
Historian
A short review cannot do justice to everything that Peskin has crammed into a book that should prove of interest to business, cultural, economic, and social historians.
Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
An exceptional study of the actors, events, and especially the ideas that laid the groundwork for industrialization in the early American republic.
History of Education Quarterly
Well-structured and clearly written.
History: Reviews of New Books
Peskin argues that historians have focused too much attention on the process of the Industrial Revolution without properly considering the men who actually convinced the rest of society to go along for the ride.
Enterprise and Society
Manufacturing Revolution is an important work that greatly enhances understanding of the events that led to the Industrial Revolution, and scholars with interests ranging from the effects of the American Revolution to the economy of the early republic will profit much by reading it.
EH.Net
This book offers strong support for interpreting the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries as setting a solid foundation for American manufacturing. Peskin provides valuable documentation that this period witnessed ferment in the debate and promotion of manufacturing.
Choice

Peskin examines the intellectual foundations of economic growth in the early Republic.

Historian

A short review cannot do justice to everything that Peskin has crammed into a book that should prove of interest to business, cultural, economic, and social historians.

History of Education Quarterly

Well-structured and clearly written.

EH.Net

This book offers strong support for interpreting the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries as setting a solid foundation for American manufacturing. Peskin provides valuable documentation that this period witnessed ferment in the debate and promotion of manufacturing.

Enterprise and Society

Manufacturing Revolution is an important work that greatly enhances understanding of the events that led to the Industrial Revolution, and scholars with interests ranging from the effects of the American Revolution to the economy of the early republic will profit much by reading it.

History: Reviews of New Books

Peskin argues that historians have focused too much attention on the process of the Industrial Revolution without properly considering the men who actually convinced the rest of society to go along for the ride.

Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

An exceptional study of the actors, events, and especially the ideas that laid the groundwork for industrialization in the early American republic.

Read More Show Less

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Meet the Author

Lawrence A. Peskin is an associate professor of history at Morgan State University.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I The Revolutionary Era 9
1 The British Economic System 13
2 Manufacturing and Revolution 30
3 Lurching toward Economic Independence 45
Pt. II The Critical Period 61
4 Mechanic Protectionism 65
5 Manufacturing Societies 93
6 Agricultural Societies 119
Pt. III Toward Industrialization 133
7 Redefining Manufacturing 139
8 Promoting Manufacturing in the New Century 162
9 Political Parties and Manufactures 188
10 Harmony and Discord in the "Era of Good Feelings" 207
Epilogue 223
Notes 227
Essay on Sources 281
Index 287
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