Lobbyists and the Making of US Tariff Policy, 1816?1861

Lobbyists and the Making of US Tariff Policy, 1816?1861

by Daniel Peart


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ISBN-13: 9781421426112
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 10/01/2018
Series: Studies in Early American Economy and Society from the Library Company of Philadelphia
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.08(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Daniel Peart is a senior lecturer in American history at Queen Mary University of London. He is the author of Era of Experimentation: American Political Practices in the Early Republic and the coeditor of Practicing Democracy: Popular Politics in the United States from the Constitution to the Civil War.

Table of Contents

Series Editor’s Foreword

Chapter One. "Men of Talents": The Tariff of 1816
Chapter Two. "More Than a Mere Manufacturing Question": The Baldwin Bill of 1820 and the Tariff of 1824
Chapter Three. "An Engine of Party Purposes": The Woollens Bill of 1827 and the Tariff of 1828
Chapter Four. "Calculate the Value of the Union": The Tariffs of 1832 and 1833
Chapter Five. "Trembling upon the Verge of Success and Defeat": The Tariffs of 1842 and 1846
Chapter Six. "The Almighty Dollar": The Tariffs of 1857 and 1861

Appendix. Key Congressional Roll Calls on Tariff Legislation, 1816–1861
Essay on Sources

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Donald Ratcliffe

"Hurrah! At last a thoroughly researched and lucidly written book that graphically explains the most persistent political issue of the nineteenth century and, in the process, gives us sharp insights into how Congress actually worked before the Civil War."

James L. Huston

"Of all the economic issues that bedeviled the early American republic, the tariff stands foremost—and is also foremost among the topics neglected by historians. Daniel Peart’s book is a significant contribution to understanding the American tariff upheavals of the nineteenth century. By focusing on lobbying efforts of protectionists, he profoundly adds to our knowledge of how tariffs were crafted. What is amazing, and thoroughly welcome, is that he achieves this feat in graceful prose."

Mark Wahlgren Summers

"In the best book about the tariff in the early republic since F. W. Taussig's classic study, Daniel Peart has cast a keen light on the evolution of lobbying before the Civil War. While its discoveries impose a specific duty on every student of political economy in the antebellum period to read it, prose this graceful makes the task feel duty-free."

Rachel A. Shelden

"An excellent original contribution to the reinvigorated field of American political history. Peart has terrific command of the details of congressional maneuvering and tariff policy and explains them with ease."

Michael F. Holt

"Good books often teach us something new about subjects which we thought we already knew. Daniel Peart's magnificently researched and most enlightening Lobbyists and the Making of US Tariff Policy, 1816−1861 is one such book. It clearly demonstrates that outside lobbyists, whether self-appointed or delegated, had as much, if not more, to do with the formulation of pre–Civil War tariff policy as either party or sectional affiliation."

Corey M. Brooks

"Essential reading for students of nineteenth-century politics, and of American tax and lobbying history more broadly. Peart’s masterfully researched, elegantly constructed book reveals the drama of how special interest lobbying, party, and section interacted to shape antebellum America’s critically important, hotly contested tariff policymaking."

Andrew Shankman

"A very important and valuable book. Peart has provided the clearest and most comprehensive account ever of the efforts to promote (or thwart) the encouragement of American manufacturing through national policy from the end of the War of 1812 to the start of the Civil War. Students and scholars of the history of capitalism, political economy, and antebellum party politics are all in Peart's debt and will greatly benefit from his work."

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