A Vigorous Spirit of Enterprise: Merchants and Economic Development in Revolutionary Philadelphia

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1986-03-01
  • Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Pr

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 3
The Character of the Merchant Community
Social Structure and Recruitmentp. 11
Merchant Princes and Paupersp. 20
Merchants, Artisans, and Gentlemenp. 37
How to Become a Merchantp. 45
Friends and Churchmenp. 58
The Articulation of the Merchant Communityp. 70
Patterns of Commercial Specializationp. 77
The Division between the Dry Goods and Provision Tradesp. 82
Suppliers and Distributorsp. 122
Mercantile Fortunesp. 126
Enterprise and Adversityp. 135
The Fabric of Adversityp. 136
The Response to Adversityp. 146
The Dynamics of Enterprise: An Overviewp. 157
The Revolution
Reluctant Revolutionariesp. 167
The Economic Outlook, 1760-1775p. 168
The Logic of Moderationp. 180
Religion and Politicsp. 185
Moderation Appliedp. 188
The Shock of Warp. 197
The Economics of Civil Warp. 199
The Four Phases of Commercial Disruptionp. 207
The Wartime Experience of the Merchantsp. 212
The Loyalistsp. 218
The Staff Officersp. 223
The Fortune Buildersp. 236
The Immigrantsp. 242
The Federalist Reactionp. 251
The Pennsylvania Revolutionp. 252
The Counterrevolution in Congressp. 258
The Commercial Context of Constitutional Reformp. 261
The Shaping of a Federalist Consensusp. 267
Merchants and the Federalist Coupp. 273
Merchants and Economic Diversification
The Entrepreneurial Efflorescencep. 283
Commercial Innovationp. 286
The Bank of North Americap. 296
Securities Speculationp. 310
Land Speculationp. 314
Manufacturingp. 329
American Economic Development and the Case of Philadelphiap. 335
Philadelphia and Her Competitors, 1780-1840p. 335
Planters and Merchantsp. 344
The Case of Virginiap. 356
The Commercial World of Revolutionary Philadelphiap. 365
Social Organizationp. 367
Shipping and Tradep. 369
Mercantile Estatesp. 375
The Personal Property of Merchantsp. 378
Bibliographyp. 383
Quantifiable Recordsp. 383
Manuscriptsp. 391
Doctoral Dissertationsp. 396
Indexp. 399
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