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A Vigorous Spirit of Enterprise
Merchants and Economic Development in Revolutionary Philadelphia
Paper ISBN 978-0-8078-4946-0
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.