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Economy and Society in an Earlier America

  • Stuart Bruchey (a1)
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  • Published online: 01 March 2009

I suggest here that change in a number of social variables, including values, vertical mobility, political and social power, technology and law, appear to be associated with economic growth or decline and that the study of economic history would be enriched by investigations of the nature and timing of those linkages. Illustrative models of the linkages are drawn for the early Middle Ages in Western Europe and for the colonial and antebellum periods of American history.

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James Henretta , “Families and Farms: Mentalitè in Pre-Industrial America,” William and Mary Quarterly, 35, 3rd ser. (011978), pp. 332;

Daniel Scott Smith , “Parental Power and Marriage Patterns: An Analysis of Historical Trends in Massachusetts,” Journal of Marriage and the Family, 35 (081973), pp. 419–28;

James A. Henretta , “Families and Farms,” and “The Morphology of New England Society,” Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 2 (Autumn1971), pp. 379–98.

Carole Shammas , “How Self-Sufficient Was Early America?Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 13 (Autumn1982), p. 263.

Rowland Berthoff , “The American Social Order: A Conservative Hypothesis,” American Historical Review, 65 (04. 1960). pp. 495514.

John R. Nelson , “Alexander Hamilton and American Manufacturing: A Reexamination,” Journal of American History, 65 (03. 1979), p. 977.

Sigmund Diamond , The Reputation of the American Businessman (Cambridge, Mass., 1955);

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