The New Nation: A History of the United States during the Confederation, 1781-1789

By Merrill Jensen | Go to book overview

8
War and Peace: Boom and Bust

THE ASSOCIATION at the beginning of the Revolution was a stunning but not fatal blow to American economy. Americans stopped importing British goods. Farm produce could not go to its normal markets along the coast, the West Indies, and Europe. Nearby armies were a temporary but often a dubious market. Merchants were hemmed in ports by British troops or ran the risk of losing their ships to the British navy if they ventured out of port. In many towns the pattern of economic relationships was upset by such events as the burning of Norfolk, the flight of Loyalist merchants from Boston, and the occupation of New York, Philadelphia, and Charleston by the British.

As the war went on the effects of its outbreak wore off except in the immediate presence of fighting. Commerce found its way back into many old channels, and found new ones, for Americans were at last free of the trammels of the English Navigation Acts. In both old and new channels American merchants found greater risks, but also greater profits than they had dreamed of before the war. By 1778 European luxury goods as well as necessities were advertised in American newspapers as they had been before 1776.1

The steady rhythm of farming was little interrupted except in the immediate presence of warring armies. Even this was no unmixed evil, for the British and the French armies traveled with cash in hand to pay for supplies. After 1776 New England farmers were untouched except by militia duty. The back country of the middle states continued to produce the breadstuffs for which it

____________________
1
Edward Channing: A History of the United States ( 6 vols., New York, 1905-25), III, ch. xiii.

-179-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
The New Nation: A History of the United States during the Confederation, 1781-1789
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this book
  • Bookmarks
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
/ 433

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.