History of Domestic and Foreign Commerce of the United States - Vol. 1

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INTRODUCTORY NOTE.
The general plan under which the Department of Economics and Sociology of the Carnegie Institution of Washington has been prosecuting its work was first outlined in 1902 by a special committee, consisting of the late Colonel Carroll D. Wright, Professor John Bates Clark of Columbia University, and the writer. In 1903 the outline was elaborated, and an appropriation was made by the trustees of the Institution for its execution. The work was begun in 1904.The plan contemplated an extended study of the economic history of the United States, to be carried out by the cooperation of a large number of scholars. The subject was divided topically into eleven divisions, and a twelfth was added in 1906; each was placed in charge of an economist selected with particular reference to his familiarity with the topic assigned him. Within each division it was designed to secure special studies or monographs on topics not yet adequately treated in economic or historical literature, and to use these as the basis of a comprehensive treatise covering the entire subject-matter of the division. It was expected that, as a rule, each summary would be written by the head of the division, but in several cases it has been found best to assign different chapters to different authors. The title adopted for the work as a whole is Contributions to American Economic History. In consequence of resignations and, in the case of Colonel Wright, of death, changes have been made from time to time in the heads of four of the divisions, the organization of which since 1909 has been as follows:
Division I. Population and Immigration, Prof. Walter F. Willcox,
Division II. Agriculture and Forestry, President Kenyon L. Butterfield,
Division III. Mining, Mr. Edward W. Parker,
Division IV. Manufactures, Dr. Victor S. Clark,
Division V. Transportation, Prof. B. H. Meyer,
Division VI. Domestic and Foreign Commerce, Prof. Emory R. Johnson,
Division VII. Money and Banking, Prof. Davis R. Dewey,
Division VIII. Labor Movement, Prof. John R. Commons,
Division IX. Industrial Organization, Prof. J. W. Jenks,
Division X. Social Legislation, Prof. Henry W. Farnam,
Division XI. Federal and State Finance, Prof. Henry B. Gardner,
Division XII. The Negro in Slavery and Freedom, Mr. Alfred H. Stone.

In addition to the Contributions to American Economic History, it was decided to compile and publish a comprehensive index of the economic material found in the public documents of the States of the United States, and this work was intrusted to Miss Adelaide R. Hasse,

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