The Agrarian Origins of American Capitalism

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University of Virginia Press, 1992 - Business & Economics - 341 pages
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Allan Kulikoff's provocative new book traces the rural origins and growth of capitalism in America, challenging earlier scholarship and charting a new course for future studies in history and economics. Kulikoff argues that long before the explosive growth of cities and big factories, capitalism in the countryside changed our society- the ties between men and women, the relations between different social classes, the rhetoric of the yeomanry, slave migration, and frontier settlement. He challenges the received wisdom that associates the birth of capitalism wholly with New York, Philadelphia, and Boston and show how studying the critical market forces at play in farm and village illuminates the defining role of the yeomen class in the origins of capitalism.

 

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Contents

Capitalist Transformation and Agrarian Society
1
The Transition to Capitalism in Rural America
13
The Rise and Demise of the American Yeoman Classes
34
The Languages of Class in Rural America
60
Was the American Revolution a Bourgeois Revolution?
99
The Revolution and the Making of the American Yeoman Classes
127
The Political Economy of Military Service in Revolutionary Virginia
152
Free Migration and Cultural Diffusion in Early America 16001860
183
Uprooted Peoples The Political Economy of Slave Migration 17801840
226
The Legacy of Capitalism
264
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About the author (1992)

Allan Kulikoff is Associate Professor of History at Northern Illinois University. He is author of Tobacco and Slaves: The Development of Southern Cultures in the Chesapeake, 1680-1800.

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