|American economic development since 1860
|William Greenleaf, Éditeur scientifique
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|New York : Harper and Row, 1968
|viii, 391 p. / 24 cm
[Eurovoc] ÉCONOMIE > politique économique
|histoire economique ; economic history
“The economic development of the united states since the civil war encompasses the most rapid and striking transformation of a major social order in the history of mankind. In little more than a century, a predominantly agrarian nation of small producers and entrepreneurs, generally hostile to consolidated business wealth, has undergone a transition to the managed capitalism of contemporary America, where the business corporation, as an economic and social institution, has found public acceptance on a scale unrivalled in the Western World.
Despite the wide gulf between actual performance and unfulfilled social needs and aspirations, a nation which with only 6% of the world’s population turns out more than 40% of the world’s goods, and has increased its gross national product from less than $7 billion in 1870 to more than $800 billion in 1967, carries the credentials of spectacular material growth.
The wellspring of that growth has been an expanding industrial capitalism rooted in a set of peculiarly congenial conditions. Some of those conditions were active in the emergent phase of our industrial economy before 1860, but the civil war, thought into sharper focus pre-existing tendencies whose incremental thrust completed the basic process of industrialization within a half century after Appomattox and laid the foundation for subsequent phases of economic growth.
This collection of documents, drawn mainly from official sources, attempts to illuminate various aspects of economic behaviour and public policy that have helped to shape our material development from the time of Lincoln to the age of Kennedy.” William Greenleaf.
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