Wages of Independence: Capitalism in the Early American Republic / Edition 1by Paul A. Gilje
Pub. Date: 06/28/1997
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
America between the Revolution and the Civil War was a society in full adolescence. Vibrant, cocky, feeling its own strength, and ready to take on the world, America was driven by an upstart economy and a capitalist bravado. The early republic, argues Paul Gilje in his cogent introduction, was the crucial period in the development of that trademark characteristic of American societymodern capitalism. In this collection of essays, eight social and economic historians consider the rise of capitalism in the early American republic. Expanding upon traditional interpretations of economic developmentencouraged and controlled by merchants and financiersthese essays demonstrate the centrality of common men and women as artisans, laborers, planters and farmers in the dramatic transitions of the period. They show how changes in the workshop, home, and farm were as crucial as those in banks and counting houses. Capping these fundamental changes was the rise of consumerism among Americans and the development of a "mentality of capitalism" that ensured the success of this new economic systemwith all its benefits and costs. Contributing authors include Paul A. Gilje, Jeanne Boydston, Christopher Clark, Douglas R. Egerton, Cathy D. Matson, Jonathan Prude, Richard Stott, and Gordon S. Wood.
Author Biography: Paul A. Gilje is Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. He is the author of "The Road to Mobocracy: Popular Disorder in New York City, 1763-1834" and "Rioting in America".
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Rise of Capitalism in the Early Republic Chapter 2 The Woman Who Wasn't There: Women's Market Labor and the Transition to Capitalism in the United States Chapter 3 Markets Without a Market Revolution: Southern Planters and Capitalism Chapter 4 Rural America and the Transition to Capitalism Chapter 5 Capitalism, Industrialization, and the Factory in Post-revolutionary America Chapter 6 Artisans and Capitalist Development Chapter 7 Capitalizing Hope: Economic Thought and the Early National Economy Chapter 8 The Enemy is Us: Democratic Capitalism in the Early Republic Chapter 9 Contributors Chapter 10 Index
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