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

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Overview

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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H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
A useful survey, a valuable synthesis, a set of provocative arguments about work, and a fresh debate over models of American economic development—even the most demanding reader could not ask for more.
— James A. Henretta
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
A useful survey, a valuable synthesis, a set of provocative arguments about work, and a fresh debate over models of American economic development—even the most demanding reader could not ask for more.
— James A. Henretta
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online - James A. Henretta
A useful survey, a valuable synthesis, a set of provocative arguments about work, and a fresh debate over models of American economic development—even the most demanding reader could not ask for more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780945612520
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.57 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

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

Preface
1 The Rise of Capitalism in the Early Republic 1
2 The Woman Who Wasn't There: Women's Market Labor and the Transition to Capitalism in the United States 23
3 Markets Without a Market Revolution: Southern Planters and Capitalism 49
4 Rural America and the Transition to Capitalism 65
5 Capitalism, Industrialization, and the Factory in Post-revolutionary America 81
6 Artisans and Capitalist Development 101
7 Capitalizing Hope: Economic Thought and the Early National Economy 117
8 The Enemy is Us: Democratic Capitalism in the Early Republic 137
Contributors 155
Index 157
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