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Industrializing Antebellum America

The Rise of Manufacturing Entrepreneurs in the Early Republic

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Barbara M. Tucker, Kenneth H. Tucker Jr.
      Pages 1-10
  3. The Colts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Barbara M. Tucker, Kenneth H. Tucker Jr.
      Pages 13-39
    3. Barbara M. Tucker, Kenneth H. Tucker Jr.
      Pages 41-64
    4. Barbara M. Tucker, Kenneth H. Tucker Jr.
      Pages 65-91
  4. The Slaters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Barbara M. Tucker, Kenneth H. Tucker Jr.
      Pages 95-118
    3. Barbara M. Tucker, Kenneth H. Tucker Jr.
      Pages 119-157
  5. The Lawrences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Barbara M. Tucker, Kenneth H. Tucker Jr.
      Pages 161-177
    3. Barbara M. Tucker, Kenneth H. Tucker Jr.
      Pages 179-202
    4. Barbara M. Tucker, Kenneth H. Tucker Jr.
      Pages 203-210
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 211-262

About this book

Introduction

This book explores the rise of manufacturing through the beliefs and practices of key industrialists and their families, exploring how they represented the diverse possibilities for the organization of a new industrial society.

Keywords

America capitalism education Empire England evolution industry organization politics Puritan society

About the authors


BARBARA M. TUCKER is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Connecticut Studies at Eastern Connecticut State University, USA. 
KENNETH H. TUCKER JR. is Professor of Sociology at Mount Holyoke College, USA.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Industrializing Antebellum America
  • Book Subtitle The Rise of Manufacturing Entrepreneurs in the Early Republic
  • Authors B. Tucker
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230614642
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2008
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4039-8480-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-73879-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-61464-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 262
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics US History
    Modern History
    History of the Americas
    Economic History
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Reviews

"In this book the Tuckers tap into a rich vein of antebellum history, ingeniously fashioning a kind of group history of three entrepreneurial families and the hyper-successful sons they produced. The Slater boys, Samuel Colt, and Amos Adams Lawrence might have been rational economic actors, say the Tuckers, but that's only one dimension of the their ascent to the heights of early American capitalism. Business historians will be much interested in this deeply researched book and the 'cultural turn' it brings to their field." - David Brody, professor emeritus of history at UC-Davis and author of Labor Embattled: History, Power, Rights (2005)"Years ago cultural historians took the so-called 'linguistic turn' and began acknowledging the languages and values reflected in their primary sources. This new study by the Tuckers serves up an example of the riches to be gained by applying such sensitive interpretive devices to the production of economic history.Here characters as diverse as the reckless charlatan 'Dr. Samuel Coult,' the obsessively pious John Fox Slater, and the sanctimonious Amos A. Lawrence parade their idiosyncrasies for all to see while pursuing a common goal - success in manufacturing. Constructed largely from 'old-fashioned' manuscript sources, this study adds a large measure of proof to the recent speculative musings of historians about the complicated rise of American capitalism." - John Lauritz Larson, Purdue University"What the Tuckers bring to this well-established theme is an accessible account of New England entrepreneurship that places families, not individuals, at the center. For that reason, historians from both the business/economic and social/cultural side of the discipline will find this brief volume an entertaining and useful read." - Sean Patrick Adams, American Historical Review