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Commonwealth: A Study of the Role of Government in the American Economy-Massachusetts, 1774-1861 (Belknap Press)

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Publisher Comments:

Commonwealth, when first published in 1947, was a pioneer effort to investigate the historical role of government in the American economy. It revealed for the first time the importance of political action in the development of the American free enterprise system. The present edition has been revised by the authors to take into account the research of the past two decades. Focusing on Massachusetts as a key state, the Handlins describe the changes in the ways the government dealt with the economy from the period of independence to the Civil War, and they analyze the social groups whose interests and ideas influenced the character of those changes.

The Handlins have re-examined both their original conclusions and the procedures by which they arrived at their formulation of the problem. They have not found it necessary to make substantial textual revisions, for both their research methods and their conclusions have stood the test of time, and their basic concepts have already been incorporated into the literature. However, they have made stylistic changes and have drastically altered their documentation, rigorously pruning the old footnotes and incorporating into the new notes important recent books and articles which treat the political and economic history of the period and the local history of the stale.

There are two significant additions to the book: a new preface and a new appendix that explain the theoretical framework through a description and demonstration of the change in the authors' attitude and focus during the course of their original research.

This revision of Commonwealth is as cogent as the original edition, more useful to scholars because of its incorporation of the latest scholarly literature, and, as a result of the reduction in documentation, more attractive to the general reader.

Synopsis:

Focusing on Massachusetts as a key state, the Handlins describe the changes in the ways the government dealt with the economy from the period of independence to the Civil War, and they analyze the social groups who influenced these changes.

About the Author

Oscar Handlin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, was Carl M. Loeb University Professor, Emeritus, at Harvard University. He was the editor of This Was America.Mary Handlin is Research Editor, Center for the Study of the History of Liberty in America, Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations

Chapter

1. Foundations of Political Power

2. Consolidation of Political Power
3. To Encourage Industry and Economy
4. The State in Association
5. Commonwealth and Corporation
6. The Law of Private Rights in a Commonwealth
7. Acquiescence as State Policy
8. Social Disorganization and Economic Policy
9. Liberal Humanitarianism
10. The Reform State

Appendixes

A. Statistics of the Constitutional Convention of 1780
B. Representation in the General Court, 1780-1820
C. Letter to the President and Directors of the Banks in Boston
D. Opinion of the Attorney General of Massachusetts, on the Life of the Corporation, 1802
E. Edward Everett on the Public Debt
F. Artisan Grievances Against the Corporation
G. Memoranda on the Role of Government in American Economic Development

Note on the Sources


Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674146914
With:
Handlin, Mary Flug
Author:
Handlin, Mary Flug
Author:
Handlin, Oscar
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
State
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Economics - General
Subject:
Economic History
Subject:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy/Economic Policy
Subject:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Economy
Subject:
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)
Copyright:
Series:
Belknap Press
Publication Date:
December 1969
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
none
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.22x6.05x.97 in. 1.13 lbs.

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