The Economic Mind in American Civilization, 1606-1865, in Two Volumes

By: Dorfman, Joseph

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First edition. Lacks slipcase. Large tear across front jacket panel of volume II. Jacket edges rubbed with a few small tears and small chips on both volumes. 1946 Hard Cover. Continued pagination. Two volume set. A history of the American contribution to economic thinking--a fundamental study in our culture. This work of Dorfman's is a contribution to the fundamental studies of American thought and culture. Already forecast by Merle Curti as monumental, it has long been known aboutand its publication eagerly awaitedin scholarly circle. The American historian has often failed to understand the complicated economic factors, especially the monetary ones, in our early history. These two volumes mark an important stage in our self-appraisala stage of the same general order as Parrington's Main Currents in American Thought and the Beards' Rise of American Civilization, and they may also be said to serve as an antidote to Farrington and Beard. Our social development in relation to changing economic thought has never before been so elaborately examined. On the basis of the spoken and written word of two hundred and fifty yearstreatises, tracts, fiction, poetry, state documents, newspapers, speechesthis becomes a survey of the American Mind. Material newly uncovered reveals the need for fresh assessments. The traditional Roger Williams, Penn, Jefferson, Paine, and Jackson emerge in new values under modern lighting. The propagandists of other days have made reactionaries seem radicals and vice versa; many conflicts between rich and poor and aristocrats and democrats took place entirely within the orbit of the respectable merchant class. Then as now public opinion was manipulated without too great scrupulosity; this has led historians into wrong interpretations which must now stand corrected. And it proves now that many Modern notions have a long pedigree: the economic interpretation of history was fathered by conservatives, and capitalism was denounced before Marx; authoritarian philosophies, pump-priming, and public works as panaceas are not new.

Title: The Economic Mind in American Civilization, 1606-1865, in Two Volumes

Author: Dorfman, Joseph

Categories: 19th Century, Colonial Era, Revolutionary Era through 1800, Business & Economics,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, Viking: 1946

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Good

Seller ID: 2305191