The Genesis of Industrial America, 1870–1920

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-09-03
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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This book offers a bold new interpretation of American business history during the formative years 1870-1920, which mark the dawn of modern big business. It focuses on four major revolutions that ushered in this new era: those in power, transportation, communication, and organization. Using the metaphor of America as an economic hothouse uniquely suited to rapid economic growth during these years, it analyzes the interplay of key factors such as entrepreneurial talent, technology, land, natural resources, law, mass markets, and the rise of cities. It also delineates the process that laid the foundation for the modern era, in which virtually every human activity became a business, and, in most cases, a big business. The book also profiles numerous major entrepreneurs whose careers and activities illustrate broader trends and themes. It utilizes a wide variety of sources, including novels from the period, to produce a lively narrative.

Author Biography

Maury Klein (B.A., Knox College; M.A., Ph.D., Emory University) has been a professor of history at the University of Rhode Island

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Forewordp. xi
Introduction: The Business of Americap. 1
Prologue: A Hothouse for Economic Growthp. 5
The Marvel of Men and Machinesp. 17
The Lure of Lovely and Lucrative Landp. 35
The Defeat of Distance and Desolationp. 57
The Potential of Plentiful Powerp. 83
The Fabrication of Familiar Formsp. 105
Bargaining with Behemothsp. 131
The Collision of City and Countryp. 153
The Mastery of Mass Marketsp. 177
Epilogue: The Boundaries of Big Businessp. 195
Sources and Suggested Readingsp. 199
Indexp. 207
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