Manufacturing Revolution: The Intellectual Origins of Early American Industry

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Author: Louis P. Cain
Date: Summer 2005
From: The Historian(Vol. 67, Issue 2)
Publisher: Phi Alpha Theta, History Honor Society, Inc.
Document Type: Book review
Length: 560 words

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Manufacturing Revolution: The Intellectual Origins of Early American Industry. By Lawrence A. Peskin. (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003. Pp. xi, 294. $49.95.)

Focusing on the Industrial Revolution and its aftermath has drawn attention from what went before it. In Colonial America, that included the discouragement of manufacturing as conscious public policy under English mercantilism. Lawrence A. Peskin's fascinating study begins with the first moves to circumvent that policy at the time of the American Revolution. It then follows the movement to obtain protection against English produced goods once independence was won and describes the "subtle yet important ways" in which the definition of manufacturing changed as the Industrial Revolution approached (5).

The book is divided into three sections bracketed by a short introduction and a shorter epilogue. Peskin's focus is on the individuals who promoted an industrial future....

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