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A Vigorous Spirit of Enterprise

Merchants and Economic Development in Revolutionary Philadelphia

Thomas Doerflinger

Cloth ISBN 9780807816530

Paper ISBN 9780807849460

Copyright 1986 by the University of North Carolina Press

A Prize-Winning Book

  Herbert Feis Award, American Historical Association (1986)
  Bancroft Prize (1987)

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A solid, well-written, and brilliantly perceptive study of the economic structure and behavior of the merchant class in Revolutionary Philadelphia.

--Richard Alan Ryerson

In a masterly study that should serve as a model not only for economic and business historians but also for students of the subtle interplay between economic development, values, change in social structure, and the tensions governing relationships between private and public life, Doerflinger has traced the changing contours of the Philadelphia mercantile community during the American revolutionary era—with penetrating glances both backward and forward in time.

--Stuart Bruchey