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Making houses, crafting capitalism : builders in Philadelphia, 1790-1850

Author: Donna J Rilling
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2001.
Series: Early American studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Making Houses, Crafting Capitalism, Donna J. Rilling follows the work of entrepreneurial builders, from the procurement of bricks and mortar to the eventual marketing and sale of a finished house. By tracing these activities, Rilling demonstrates the diverse ways capital markets, worksites, raw materials, and the real estate business changed over six decades. She opens the world of artisans to reveal their  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Donna J Rilling
ISBN: 0812235800 9780812235807
OCLC Number: 44775069
Description: xii, 261 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Men on the Make: Philadelphia Builders --
By "Credit and Industry": Financial and Legal Contexts --
Dimensions of the Master Builder --
Enterprising Nature: Materials --
"Windows Sashes and Sundry Other Light Things": The Production of Carpentry Work --
Final Assembly.
Series Title: Early American studies.
Responsibility: Donna J. Rilling.
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"A well-written and easily read business book with a historical perspective, quite fit for a general readership interested in the history of American enterprise."-APT Bulletin

 
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