Defining Documents in American History: The American Economy, 1st Edition

  • Michael Shally-Jensen
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  • ISBN-10: 164265759X
  • ISBN-13: 9781642657593
  • DDC: 330.973
  • 600 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2021 | Published/Released June 2021
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2021

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The primary documents in this set reveal the history and historical significance of the political and social currents that have affected America’s economy and have had an impact on the fortunes of individuals, businesses and corporations, banks and lending institutions, the stock market, and the federal government.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Table of Contents.
Publisher’s Note.
Editor’s Introduction.
1: Commerce & Controversy in Earlier Times.
2: “Advice to a Young Tradesman”.
3: Adam Smith, from The Theory of Moral Sentiments.
4: Letter from Robert Morris to Alexander Martin.
5: Federalist No. 35 (Concerning the General Power of Taxation).
6: Patent Act of 1790.
7: Thomas Jefferson on the Constitutionality of a National Bank.
8: Alexander Hamilton on the Constitutionality of a National Bank.
9: The Whiskey Tax of 1791 and George Washington’s Proclamation Regarding the Whiskey Rebellion.
10: McCulloch v. Maryland.
11: Henry Clay’s Speech on American Industry.
12: Gibbons v. Ogden.
13: Andrew Jackson’s Bank Veto Message.
14: Charles River Bridge v. Warren Bridge.
15: The Discovery of Gold in California.
16: “Cotton Is King”.
17: Treaty between the United States and Great Britain for the Suppression of the Slave Trade.
18: “The Money Power”.
19: Booms & Busts in a Growing Economy.
20: Documents Relating to Black Friday, 1869.
21: Observations Regarding the Transcontinental Railroad.
22: Cornelius Vanderbilt Cartoon, Map, and Illustration.
23: Bell Telephone Patent.
24: From Progress and Poverty.
25: Sharecropping Contract.
26: Dawes Severalty Act.
27: Andrew Carnegie: “The Gospel of Wealth”.
28: Eugene Debs: “What Can We Do for Working People?”.
29: Sherman Antitrust Act.
30: “Wall Street Owns the Country”.
31: Populist Party Platform.
32: President Grover Cleveland on Repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act.
33: “Political Causes of the Business Depression”.
34: “The Absurd Effort to Make the World Over”.
35: “Cross of Gold” Speech.
36: From The Theory of the Leisure Class.
37: Theodore Roosevelt on Corporate Trusts.
38: Eugene V. Debs: “How I Became a Socialist”.
39: Robert La Follette on Amending the National Banking Laws.
40: John D. Rockefeller on Standard Oil.
41: Remarks on Politics and Business.
42: Federal Reserve Act.
43: Sixteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
44: Clayton Act.
45: A Survey of American War Readiness.
46: From My Life and Work, by Henry Ford.