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Old Dominion, industrial commonwealth : coal, politics, and economy in antebellum America

Author: Sean P Adams
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.
Series: Studies in early American economy and society from the Library Company of Philadelphia.
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"Sean Patrick Adams compares the political economies of coal in Virginia and Pennsylvania from the late eighteenth century through the Civil War, examining the divergent paths these two states took in developing their ample coal reserves during a critical period of American industrialization. In both cases, Adams finds, state economic policies played a major role." "Using coal as a barometer of economic change, Old  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Adams, Sean P.
Old Dominion, industrial commonwealth.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004
(OCoLC)651911165
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sean P Adams
ISBN: 080187968X 9780801879685
OCLC Number: 54349872
Notes: Based on the author's thesis (Ph. D., University of Wisconsin).
Description: xiv, 305 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: The political economy of coal --
The intersection of politics and geology: America's first coal trade --
The commonwealth's fuel: the rise of Pennsylvania anthracite --
Trunk and branch: state internal improvement networks and the coal trade --
"Hidden treasures" and nasty politics: antebellum geological surveys in Pennsylvania and Virginia --
Miners without souls: corporations and coal in Pennsylvania and Virginia --
Three separate paths: the impact of the civil war --
Capture and confusion.
Series Title: Studies in early American economy and society from the Library Company of Philadelphia.
Responsibility: Sean Patrick Adams.
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