Old Dominion, Industrial Commonwealth: Coal, Politics, and Economy in Antebellum America / Edition 1

Old Dominion, Industrial Commonwealth: Coal, Politics, and Economy in Antebellum America / Edition 1

by Sean Patrick Adams
     
 

Sean Patrick Adams compares the political economies of coal in Virginia and Pennsylvania from the late 18th century through the Civil War, examining the divergent paths these two states took in developing their ample coal reserves during a critical period of American industrialization. In both cases, Adams finds, state economic policies played a major role.

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Sean Patrick Adams compares the political economies of coal in Virginia and Pennsylvania from the late 18th century through the Civil War, examining the divergent paths these two states took in developing their ample coal reserves during a critical period of American industrialization. In both cases, Adams finds, state economic policies played a major role.

Old Dominion, Industrial Commonwealth addresses longstanding questions about North-South economic divergence and the role of state government in American industrial development. It provides new insights into both the political and economic history of 19th-century America.

"Adams's innovative study has opened up a new arena for investigation and judging from the richness of his analysis, one with great potential."— Journal of American History

"As with any successful study, this one answers some questions and provokes others... One hopes that rather than this being the last word on the subject, it serves as a call for further investigation."— Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

"An engaging and persuasive work that addresses in a highly accessible manner the intricacies of state-level politics and economic decision-making."— Journal of American Studies

"An impressive exemplar of comparative history. Adams is a gifted writer with an excellent eye for detail."— Enterprise and Society

"Profoundly powerful insights into the importance of political and economic institutions."— Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"This is economic history as it should be written... Adams has created an important and highly readable interpretation of Virginia's and Pennsylvania's economic histories in the early and mid-1800s, and I commend him."— West Virginia History

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801879685
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/15/2004
Series:
Studies in Early American Economy and Society from the Library Company of Philadelphia Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
305
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.93(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction : the political economy of coal1
1The intersection of politics and geology : America's first coal trade12
2The Commonwealth's fuel : the rise of Pennsylvania anthracite48
3Trunk and branch : state internal improvement networks and the coal trade84
4"Hidden treasures" and nasty politics : antebellum geological surveys in Pennsylvania and Virginia119
5Miners without souls : corporations and coal in Pennsylvania and Virginia152
6Three separate paths : the impact of the Civil War189
Epilogue : capture and confusion223

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