A Vigorous Spirit of Enterprise

Merchants and Economic Development in Revolutionary Philadelphia
Thomas M. Doerflinger
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Publisher: Omohundro Institute and University of North Carolina Press
Imprint: OIEAHC
Cloth/Hardcover Publication Date: 03/1986
Pages: 430
Cloth ISBN: 9780807816530


A social, economic, and political study of Philadelphia merchants, this study presents both the spirit and statistics of merchant life. Doerflinger studies the Philadelphia merchant community from three perspectives: their commercial world, their confrontation with the Revolution and its aftermath, and their role in diversifying the local economy. The analysis of entrepreneurship dominates the study and challenges long-standing assumptions about American economic history.


A solid, well-written, and brilliantly perceptive study of the economic structure and behavior of the merchant class in Revolutionary Philadelphia.--Richard Alan Ryerson, The Adams Papers

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