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What Counts?: Political Economy, or Ways to Make Early America Add Up

01 Jan 2016-Journal of the Early Republic (University of Pennsylvania Press)-Vol. 36, Iss: 4, pp 753-781
TL;DR: The field of early American political economy has quietly grown in the last decade, as historians have used a flexible framework to analyze how a wide variety of economic practices and ideas related to formal and informal political formations. as discussed by the authors highlights some of the common themes and questions driving recent work, delineates how histories of political economy both fit within and diverge from new histories of capitalism, and offers suggestions for further study.
Abstract: The field of early American political economy has quietly grown in the last decade, as historians have used a flexible framework to analyze how a wide variety of economic practices and ideas related to formal and informal political formations. Using capacious definitions of “political economy,” historians have followed in the footsteps of their sources, early American political economists, who, unsure of the range of the mechanisms and forces they were trying to describe, were wary of too narrowly delimiting their field of investigation. In contrast to other methodological approaches to early American economic practice, historians investigating political economy have largely been keen to “keep early America weird,” recognizing the unfamiliar and the dissonant in the past while generating important new perspectives on topics of perennial interest, such as the links between slavery and economic growth, and opening new inquiries into state-formation, market-creation, and the import of the early republic’s global connections. This essay highlights some of the common themes and questions driving recent work, delineates how histories of political economy both fit within and diverge from new histories of capitalism, and offers suggestions for further study.
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TL;DR: Bushman as discussed by the authors argues that the quest for taste and manners in America has been essential to the serious pursuit of a democratic culture and shows how a somewhat cross generational approach can be found.
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28 Apr 2015
TL;DR: Schermerhorn as mentioned in this paper studied the development of modern American capitalism through the window of the nineteenth-century interstate slave trade and showed how slavery was a national business supported by far-flung monetary and credit systems reaching across the Atlantic Ocean.
Abstract: Calvin Schermerhorn's provocative study views the development of modern American capitalism through the window of the nineteenth-century interstate slave trade. This eye-opening history follows money and ships as well as enslaved human beings to demonstrate how slavery was a national business supported by far-flung monetary and credit systems reaching across the Atlantic Ocean. The author details the anatomy of slave supply chains and the chains of credit and commodities that intersected with them in virtually every corner of the pre-Civil War United States, and explores how an institution that destroyed lives and families contributed greatly to the growth of the expanding republic's capitalist economy.

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TL;DR: Desan is the co-founder of Harvard's Program on the Study of Capitalism (PSC) as discussed by the authors, which is a significant and innovative new development in the teaching and researching of legal, business, and finance.
Abstract: Professor Christine Desan is the co-founder of Harvard's Program on the Study of Capitalism. This is a significant and innovative new development in the teaching and researching of legal, business ...

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TL;DR: Schulten as mentioned in this paper presents "Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America," by Susan Schulten. But the book is not suitable for children.
Abstract: Review of: "Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America," by Susan Schulten.

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TL;DR: In this article, Stacey L. Smith examines the battle over slavery as it unfolded on the multiracial Pacific Coast and reveals that the state's anti-Chinese movement, forged in its struggle over unfree labor, reached eastward to transform federal Reconstruction policy and national race relations for decades to come.
Abstract: Most histories of the Civil War era portray the struggle over slavery as a conflict that exclusively pitted North against South, free labor against slave labor, and black against white. In \"Freedom's Frontier,\" Stacey L. Smith examines the battle over slavery as it unfolded on the multiracial Pacific Coast. Despite its antislavery constitution, California was home to a dizzying array of bound and semibound labor systems: African American slavery, American Indian indenture, Latino and Chinese contract labor, and a brutal sex traffic in bound Indian and Chinese women. Using untapped legislative and court records, Smith reconstructs the lives of California's unfree workers and documents the political and legal struggles over their destiny as the nation moved through the Civil War, emancipation, and Reconstruction. Smith reveals that the state's anti-Chinese movement, forged in its struggle over unfree labor, reached eastward to transform federal Reconstruction policy and national race relations for decades to come. Throughout, she illuminates the startling ways in which the contest over slavery's fate included a western struggle that encompassed diverse labor systems and workers not easily classified as free or slave, black or white.

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TL;DR: The state and economic transformation: toward an analysis of the conditions underlying effective intervention Dietrich Rueschemeyer and Peter B. Evans as mentioned in this paper Theda Skocpol Part I. The state and Taiwan's economic development Alice H. Amsden Part II.
Abstract: Preface Introduction 1. Bringing the state back in: strategies of analysis in current research Theda Skocpol Part I. States as Promoters of Economic Development and Social Redistribution: 2. The state and economic transformation: toward an analysis of the conditions underlying effective intervention Dietrich Rueschemeyer and Peter B. Evans 3. The state and Taiwan's economic development Alice H. Amsden 4. State structures and the possibilities for 'Keynesian' responses to the great depression in Sweden, Britain and the United States Margaret Weir and Theda Skocpol Part II. States and Transnational Relations: 5. War making and state making as organized crime Charles Tilly 6. Transnational linkages and the economic role of the state: an analysis of developing and industrialized nations in the post-World War II period Peter B. Evans 7. Small nations in an open international economy: the converging balance of state and society in Switzerland and Austria Peter Katzenstein Part III. States and the Patterning of Social Conflicts: 8. Working-class formation and the state: nineteenth-century England in American perspective Ira Katznelson 9. Hegemony and religious conflict: british imperial control and political cleavages in Yorubaland David D. Laitin 10. State power and the strength of civil society in the southern cone of Latin America Alfred Stepan Conclusion 11. On the road toward a more adequate understanding of the state Peter B. Evans, Dietrich Rueschemeyer and Theda Skocpol Index.

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01 Jan 1985
TL;DR: The authors showed how the intelligent analysis of a single commodity can be used to pry open the history of an entire world of social relationships and human behavior, and how the analysis can be applied to the analysis of human behavior.
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01 Jan 1982
TL;DR: The state-building problem in American political development has been studied in this paper, with a focus on the early American state and its political development, including patching the army, the limits of reform in the party state, and the failure of administered capitalism.
Abstract: Preface Part I. The State-Building Problem in American Political Development: 1. The new state and American political development 2. The early American state Part II. State Building as Patchwork, 1877-1900: 3. Patching civil administration: the limits of reform in the party state 4. Patching the army: the limits of provincial virtue 5. Patching business regulation: the failure of administered capitalism Part III. State Building as Reconstitution, 1900-1920: 6. Reconstituting civil administration: economy, efficiency, and the repoliticization of American bureaucracy 7. Reconstituting the army: professionalism, nationalism, and the illusion of corporatism 8. Reconstituting business regulation: administrative justice, scientific management, and the triumph of the independent commission Epilogue Notes Selected bibliography Index.

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