A Vigorous Spirit of Enterprise: Merchants and Economic Development in Revolutionary Philadelphia (Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early

A Vigorous Spirit of Enterprise: Merchants and Economic Development in Revolutionary Philadelphia (Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early

ISBN: 9780807849460
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Edition: New edition
Publication Date: 2001-02-01
Number of pages: 430
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A social, economic, and political study of Philadelphia merchants, this study presents both the spirit and statistics of merchant life. Doerflinger studies the Philadelphia merchant community from three perspectives: their commercial world, their confrontation with the Revolution and its aftermath, and their role in diversifying the local economy. The analysis of entrepreneurship dominates the study and challenges long-standing assumptions about American economic history.

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