Download American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900 by H. W. Brands PDF

By H. W. Brands

In a grand-scale narrative background, the bestselling writer of 2 finalists for the Pulitzer Prize now captures the a long time while capitalism was once at its so much unbridled and some breathtakingly prosperous businessmen totally remodeled the US from an agrarian economic climate to an international energy.

The years among the Civil battle and the top of the 19th century observed the wholesale transformation of the US from a land of small farmers and small businessmen into an commercial large. pushed via unfathomably prosperous and robust businessmen like J. P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller, armies of employees, either female and male, have been harnessed to a brand new imaginative and prescient of big undefined. A society rooted within the soil grew to become one dependent in towns, and legions of immigrants have been attracted to American seashores. What’s extra, in achieving its revolution, capitalism threatened to eclipse American democracy. “What do I care concerning the law?” bellowed Cornelius Vanderbilt. “Hain’t I bought the power?” He did, and with it he and the opposite capitalists reshaped each point of yank lifestyles. In American Colossus, H.W. manufacturers portrays the emergence, in a remarkably few minutes, of a recognizably smooth the US.

The capitalist revolution left now not a unmarried zone or element of yankee existence untouched. It roared around the South, wrenching that zone from its feudal previous and integrating the southern economic system into the nationwide one. It burst over the West, dictating the destruction of local American economies and peoples, using the exploitation of traditional assets, and making the frontier of cost a company frontier in addition. It crashed around the city panorama of the East and North, turning towns into engines of wealth and poverty, opulence and squalor. It swamped the politics of an previous period, taking pictures one significant celebration and 1/2 the opposite, inspiring the production of a 3rd social gathering and deciding upon the problems over which all 3 waged a number of the bitterest battles in American historical past.

Brands’s spellbinding narrative fantastically depicts the oil gushers of western Pennsylvania, the increase, in Chicago, of the 1st skyscraper, the exploration of the Colorado River, the farm animals drives of the West, and the early passionate sparks of union existence. via 1900 the the United States he portrays is wealthier than ever, but prosperity is precarious, inequality rampant, and democracy stretched skinny. American Colossus is an unforgettable portrait of the years while the competition among capitalism and democracy used to be at its sharpest, and capitalism triumphed.

Show description

Read Online or Download American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900 PDF

Similar capitalism books

The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive

Progressives want a essentially new method of politics. they've been wasting not only simply because conservatives have a lot more funds and tool, but additionally simply because they've got accredited the conservatives' framing of political debates. they've got accredited a framing the place conservatives wish industry results while liberals wish the govt. to intrude to result in results that they think about reasonable.

Collected Works, Volume 5: Marx and Engels 1845-47

Quantity information:

Volume five includes The German Ideology, an important joint paintings of Marx and Engels, including the writings instantly attached with it. the amount starts off with Marx's "Theses on Feuerbach. ", which Engels acknowledged include "the fabulous germ of the recent international outlook". It was once within the German Ideology that the materialist belief of heritage, or, ancient materialism, used to be first formulated as an essential idea. It marks a massive breakthrough within the improvement of Marxism. The textual content of The German Ideology is gifted in a extra entire shape than in any prior variation and its association corresponds as approximately as attainable to that during the manuscript.

MECW info:

Marx/Engels gathered Works (MECW) is the biggest number of translations into English of the works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. It comprises all works released by way of Marx and Engels of their lifetimes and various unpublished manuscripts and letters. The gathered Works, which was once translated through Richard Dixon and others, involves 50 volumes. It used to be compiled and revealed among 1975 and 2005 by way of growth Publishers (Moscow) in collaboration with Lawrence and Wishart (London) and overseas Publishers (New York).

The gathered Works comprises fabric written via Marx among 1835 and his demise in 1883, and through Engels among 1838 and his demise in 1895. The early volumes comprise juvenilia, together with correspondence among Marx and his father, Marx's poetry, and letters from Engels to his sister. numerous volumes acquire the pair's articles for the Neue Rheinische Zeitung.

Other volumes within the gathered Works comprise recognized works of Marx and Engels, together with The Communist Manifesto, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon, and Capital, lesser-known works, and formerly unpublished or untranslated manuscripts. The accumulated Works contains thirteen volumes of correspondence through the mature Marx and Engels, masking the interval from 1844 via 1895.
Although the gathered Works is the main whole number of the paintings through Marx and Engels released so far in English, it isn't their whole works. A undertaking to put up the pair's entire works in German is predicted to require greater than a hundred and twenty volumes.

Collected Works, Volume 9: Marx and Engels 1849

Quantity details:

Volume nine is the final within the crew of volumes (7-9) protecting the actions of Marx and Engels through the revolutions of 1848-49. It encompasses the interval from March 6 to August 1849, and is composed generally of articles written through Marx and Engels for the Neue Rheinische Zeitung, an organ of the innovative proletarian wing of German and eu democracy. It additionally comprises a number of articles which, after the suppression of the Neue Rheinische Zeitung, Marx and Engels released within the nonetheless surviving German democratic newspapers.

MECW info:

Marx/Engels gathered Works (MECW) is the most important choice of translations into English of the works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. It comprises all works released via Marx and Engels of their lifetimes and various unpublished manuscripts and letters. The accumulated Works, which used to be translated through Richard Dixon and others, comprises 50 volumes. It used to be compiled and revealed among 1975 and 2005 through growth Publishers (Moscow) in collaboration with Lawrence and Wishart (London) and overseas Publishers (New York).

The accumulated Works comprises fabric written by way of Marx among 1835 and his dying in 1883, and via Engels among 1838 and his demise in 1895. The early volumes contain juvenilia, together with correspondence among Marx and his father, Marx's poetry, and letters from Engels to his sister. numerous volumes gather the pair's articles for the Neue Rheinische Zeitung.

Other volumes within the accumulated Works include recognized works of Marx and Engels, together with The Communist Manifesto, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon, and Capital, lesser-known works, and formerly unpublished or untranslated manuscripts. The gathered Works comprises thirteen volumes of correspondence through the mature Marx and Engels, protecting the interval from 1844 via 1895.
Although the amassed Works is the main entire number of the paintings by way of Marx and Engels released up to now in English, it's not their entire works. A venture to post the pair's entire works in German is anticipated to require greater than one hundred twenty volumes.

Survival of Capitalism

There is not holiday among this current exposition and people which got here ahead of

Extra info for American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900

Example text

Therefore, Smith’s overly idealized and somewhat mythical image of the market is wholly insufficient for understanding the modern world. Notice that within his discussion about the division of labour, Marx has once more shifted his definition of a commodity to being something that can be written as commodity = use-value + exchange-value. If labour is the substance of value, then both use-value and exchange-value are derived from labour that has been objectified in commodities. Yet every commodity’s usevalue emerges from ‘productive activity of a definite kind, carried on with a definite aim’ (132–3), like making a coat to keep someone else warm.

The importance of speed means that ultimately there is no reason why we need to have gold as money (as coins). Money could as easily be paper notes, which are faster and easier to transport, thus facilitating Commodities and Money Shapiro 01 chap 01 51 51 15/1/08 11:06:33 exchange. If money can be dematerialized from metal to paper, there is also no reason why it cannot be further dematerialized to go from being actual paper notes to computer-screen notations of credit, which is even easier to move around distant buyers and sellers.

If there is a poor crop, then it takes more time and labour to get the material to make 20 yards of cotton, meaning that as the value of the cotton increases, then one coat will be traded for less of it. Since the ratio between these commodities can be altered so easily, the equation does not function as well as a longlasting standard. We have not really got to the source of how commodities are made abstract and equal to one another. So rather than think of cotton and coats ‘relatively’, we need to find some ‘equivalent’ that both cotton and coats can be compared to, something more stable that can represent value over time.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.57 of 5 – based on 12 votes