The Dawn of Innovation by Charles R. Morris
The First American Industrial Revolution

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Morris neglects the role of import substitution policies, which allowed 19th-century American producers to exploit economies of scale in the domestic market at the expense of foreign competitors, who were walled out by tariffs.
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In the thirty years after the Civil War, the United States blew by Great Britain to become the greatest economic power in world history. That is a well-known period in history, when titans like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and J.P. Morgan walked the earth.

But as Charles R. Morris shows us, the platform for that spectacular growth spurt was built in the first half of the century. By the 1820s, America was already the world’s most productive manufacturer, and the most intensely commercialized society in history. The War of 1812 jumpstarted the great New England cotton mills, the iron centers in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, and the forges around the Great Lakes. In the decade after the War, the Midwest was opened by entrepreneurs. In this beautifully illustrated book, Morris paints a vivid panorama of a new nation buzzing with the work of creation. He also points out the parallels and differences in the nineteenth century American/British standoff and that between China and America today.

 

About Charles R. Morris

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Charles R. Morris has written twelve books, including The Coming Global Boom, a New York Times Notable Book of 1990; The Tycoons, a Barron's Best Book of 2005; and The Trillion Dollar Meltdown, winner of the Gerald Loeb Award and a New York Times Bestseller. A lawyer and former banker, Mr. Morris's articles and reviews have appeared in many publications including the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.
 
Published October 23, 2012 by PublicAffairs. 384 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, History, War. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by MICHAEL LIND on Feb 01 2013

Morris neglects the role of import substitution policies, which allowed 19th-century American producers to exploit economies of scale in the domestic market at the expense of foreign competitors, who were walled out by tariffs.

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Reviewed by John Steele Gordon on Nov 19 2012

Mr. Morris has written an illuminating narrative that shows, among much else, what happened when Yankee ingenuity met the Industrial Revolution.

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