Wages of Independence: Capitalism in the Early American Republic / Edition 1

Wages of Independence: Capitalism in the Early American Republic / Edition 1

by Paul A. Gilje
     
 

ISBN-10: 0945612524

ISBN-13: 9780945612520

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…  See more details below

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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 society—modern 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 development—encouraged and controlled by merchants and financiers—these 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 system—with 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780945612520
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.57(h) x 0.52(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1The Rise of Capitalism in the Early Republic1
2The Woman Who Wasn't There: Women's Market Labor and the Transition to Capitalism in the United States23
3Markets Without a Market Revolution: Southern Planters and Capitalism49
4Rural America and the Transition to Capitalism65
5Capitalism, Industrialization, and the Factory in Post-revolutionary America81
6Artisans and Capitalist Development101
7Capitalizing Hope: Economic Thought and the Early National Economy117
8The Enemy is Us: Democratic Capitalism in the Early Republic137
Contributors155
Index157

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