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Capital City: New York City and the Men Behind America's Rise to Economic Dominance, 1860-1900

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At the beginning of the nineteenth century, New York City was an undistinguished town, competing with Philadelphia and Boston to be America's dominant port city. Just two generations later, it had built itself into the country's powerhouse center of trade and finance, rivaled only by London as financial capital of the world. In andlt;Iandgt;Capital City,andlt;/Iandgt; Thomas Kessner tells the story of this remarkable transformation. andlt;BRandgt; With the advantages of its famous harbor and the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, New York became the chief commercial center for the growing nation. As the shipping industry prospered, capital accumulated, and a growing banking center emerged, New York went on to finance the Union cause during the Civil War, open the West to development, and consolidate the national railroad system. The city's energy and opportunity attracted ambitious men from all over the country whose names became synonymous with big business: Vanderbilt, Carnegie, Rockefeller, and Morgan. New York's banks set the interest rates for the nation, its stock exchange fixed the price of securities, its investors transformed American business from family-owned enterprises into modern corporations, and its growing political clout catapulted public figures, such as Samuel Tilden and Teddy Roosevelt, onto the national stage. andlt;BRandgt; Combining political and urban history with a colorful cast of characters, andlt;Iandgt;Capital Cityandlt;/Iandgt; chronicles how Gotham's Gilded Age reshaped the metropolis and the nation as it molded our present-day economy.

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"Post-Civil War New York was the scene of one of the most radically compressed, top-to-bottom urban transformations in history, and Mr. Kessner is its able chronicler."

About the Author

andlt;Bandgt;Thomas Kessnerandlt;/Bandgt; is professor of history at the Graduate School of the City University of New York. He is the author of andlt;Iandgt;Fiorello H. LaGuardia and the Making of Modern New York,andlt;/Iandgt; and the recipient of many awards and prizes for research and teaching. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1

Foundations: Licking Up the Cream of Commerce and Finance of a Continent

Chapter 2

New York's Napoleon

Chapter 3

The Rottenness in New York Will Ultimately Destroy It

Chapter 4

The Fall and Rise of the New York Economy

Chapter 5

Shaping Modern Capitalism

Chapter 6

The Age of Morgan

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743257534
Author:
Kessner, Thomas
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Corporate History
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Economic History
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Corporate & Business History - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Business-History and Biography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
April 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 pp b/w insert
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 13.825 oz

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