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Founding Choices: American Economic Policy in the 1790s

Douglas A. Irwin and Richard Sylla


The political decisions made by the founding fathers were crucial to the success of the early republic. But the economic decisions they made were just as pivotal, ensuring the general welfare and common defense of the United States for decades to come. This book explores these economic choices and their profound influence on American life, westward expansion, and influence abroad. Among the topics covered are finance, trade, and monetary and banking policy, with a focus on the factors guiding those policies and their end result.

Keywords: economic choices, Constitution, economic policy, founding fathers, monetary policy, banking policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226384740
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226384764.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas A. Irwin, editor

Richard Sylla, editor

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