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Author Doerflinger, Thomas M.

Title A vigorous spirit of enterprise : merchants and economic development in Revolutionary Philadelphia / Thomas M. Doerflinger
Published Chapel Hill : Published for the Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Va. by the University of North Carolina Press, [1986]
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 413 pages) : illustrations, portraits
Series Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia
Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia
Contents Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; PART I: The Character of the Merchant Community; 1 Social Structure and Recruitment; Merchant Princes and Paupers; Merchants, Artisans, and Gentlemen; How to Become a Merchant; Friends and Churchmen; 2 The Articulation of the Merchant Community; Patterns of Commercial Specialization; The Division between the Dry Goods and Provision Trades; Suppliers and Distributors; Mercantile Fortunes; 3 Enterprise and Adversity; The Fabric of Adversity; The Response to Adversity; The Dynamics of Enterprise: An Overview; PART II: The Revolution
4 Reluctant RevolutionariesThe Economic Outlook, 1760-1775; The Logic of Moderation; Religion and Politics; Moderation Applied; 5 The Shock of War; The Economics of Civil War; The Four Phases of Commercial Disruption; The Wartime Experience of the Merchants; The Loyalists; The Staff Officers; The Fortune Builders; The Immigrants; 6 The Federalist Reaction; The Pennsylvania Revolution; The Counterrevolution in Congress; The Commercial Context of Constitutional Reform; The Shaping of a Federalist Consensus; Merchants and the Federalist Coup; PART III: Merchants and Economic Diversification
7 The Entrepreneurial EfflorescenceCommercial Innovation; The Bank of North America; Securities Speculation; Land Speculation; Manufacturing; 8 American Economic Development and the Case of Philadelphia; Philadelphia and Her Competitors, 1780-1840; Planters and Merchants; The Case of Virginia; APPENDIX: The Commercial World of Revolutionary Philadelphia; Social Organization; Shipping and Trade; Mercantile Estates; The Personal Property of Merchants; Bibliography; Quantifiable Records; Manuscripts; Doctoral Dissertations; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 383-398) and index
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Subject Businesspeople -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- History -- 18th century.
Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Commerce -- History -- 18th century.
Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Economic conditions.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Institute of Early American History and Culture (Williamsburg, Va.)
ISBN 1469601273 (electronic bk.)
9781469601274 (electronic bk.)