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Trading SpacesThe Colonial Marketplace and the Foundations of American Capitalism$
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Emma Hart

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226659817

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226659954.001.0001

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Constitution Making and the Marketplace

Constitution Making and the Marketplace

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(p.203) Conclusion Constitution Making and the Marketplace
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Trading Spaces
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Emma Hart

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226659954.003.0008

Americans could create a republic and a public good in their market places at both federal and state level. They could adapt its definition and even legitimize it with acts, factories, and contracts. But, in this vast, still expanding, empire, reining in those free trading property owners on the ground was a different matter altogether. The constitution did not provide the definite solution that its supporters hoped it would. While they could point to its success in solving the nation’s inflation and indebtedness problems, the federal system ran into many of the issues that had challenged it predecessors. It could not take possession of the public good. It could not work out definitely how it related to private interest. And it could not stop Americans who put their individual interest first in the marketplace from ignoring the efforts of their government to prevent them from doing so.

Keywords:   Constitution, Federalists, Anti-Federalists, Whiskey Rebellion, James Madison

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