The Development of American Commerce

The Development of American Commerce

The Development of American Commerce

The Development of American Commerce

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Much of the material in this book was brought together for the benefit of students in a course in the development of American commerce which the author has conducted in the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, University of Pennsylvania, for a number of years. The economic reasons for the development of the commerce of the United States; an analysis of the commercial regulations and practices of the past and present; a discussion of the volume and character of the foreign and domestic commerce of the country; and a survey of the agencies and institutions engaged therein, are here set down. It is assumed, throughout, that the reader is familiar with the elementary aspects of American political and economic history.

In the preparation of this book the author has examined the voluminous literature within the general field of American economic history, representing the accumulated product of many individual writers, and has at times drawn freely from such works. The task has been one of selection and condensation, and it could not have been performed without the utilization of the large body of material accumulated by earlier writers, particularly in Government publications. It is impossible to give proper credit to all who have helped in this way, but the references at the end of each chapter indicate the . . .

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