Adam Smith and the Origins of American Enterprise : How the Founding Fathers Turned to a Great Economist's Writings and Created the American Economy

Adam Smith and the Origins of American Enterprise : How the Founding Fathers Turned to a Great Economist's Writings and Created the American Economy

Details

Author(s)
Roy C C Smith
Format
Paperback | 224 pages
Dimensions
140 x 216 x 14mm | 316g
Publication date
01 Feb 2004
Publisher
St Martin's Press
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
Reprint
ISBN10
0312325762
ISBN13
9780312325763

Description

Adam Smith was a Scottish professor of moral philosophy. He published his classic The Wealth of Nations in 1776, the year the American Revolution began. Smith became widely known for his ideas of free markets, laissez-faire commerce, and the "invisible hand." Yet English politicians, landed gentry, and the nobility paid little attention and enacted none of Smith's suggested reforms.

The American colonies, however, began their existence as an independent nation in 1781 with no money, no industry, no banks, and deep in debt. The Founding Fathers--particularly Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and Benjamin Franklin--turned to the ideas of Adam Smith to create and jump-start an economic system for America with both immediate and long-sustained results.

This little-known but vital part of U.S. history is now revealed in Roy C. Smith's highly readable new book.


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