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National DutiesCustom Houses and the Making of the American State$
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Gautham Rao

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226367071

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226367101.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
National Duties

Gautham Rao

University of Chicago Press

The customhouse was a central institution of law and regulation in the British Empire and the early American republic. Yet historians have paid little attention to the customhouse because it operated differently from government bureaus of modern times. This book seeks to recover the lost history of the customhouse as the object of a profound struggle over the meaning of political authority in North America. In so doing, it attempts to better understand statecraft and political economy from the Revolution through the Age of Jackson.

Keywords:   state, politics, political economy, law, historiography

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