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Strategic Factors in Nineteenth Century American Economic History: A Volume to Honor Robert W. Fogel
edited by Claudia Goldin and Hugh Rockoff
University of Chicago Press, 1992
eISBN: 978-0-226-30135-8 | Cloth: 978-0-226-30112-9
Library of Congress Classification HD5724.S734 1992
Dewey Decimal Classification 330.97305

Offering new research on strategic factors in the development of the nineteenth century American economy—labor, capital, and political structure—the contributors to this volume employ a methodology innovated by Robert W. Fogel, one of the leading pioneers of the "new economic history." Fogel's work is distinguished by the application of economic theory and large-scale quantitative evidence to long-standing historical questions.

These sixteen essays reveal, by example, the continuing vitality of Fogel's approach. The authors use an astonishing variety of data, including genealogies, the U.S. federal population census manuscripts, manumission and probate records, firm accounts, farmers' account books, and slave narratives, to address collectively market integration and its impact on the lives of Americans. The evolution of markets in agricultural and manufacturing labor is considered first; that concerning capital and credit follows. The demography of free and slave populations is the subject of the third section, and the final group of papers examines the extra-market institutions of governments and unions.

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