By Andy Serwer, David Allison, Peter Liebhold, Nancy Davis, Kathleen G. Franz

ISBN-10: 1588344967

ISBN-13: 9781588344960

What does it suggest to be an American? What are American principles and values? American Enterprise, the spouse publication to a huge exhibition on the Smithsonian’s nationwide Museum of yankee historical past, goals to reply to those questions about the yankee event via an exploration of its financial and advertisement background. It argues that via taking a look at the intersection of capitalism and democracy, we will see the place we as a country have come from and the place we'd be getting in the future.

Richly illustrated with photos of gadgets from the museum’s collections, American company includes a 1794 buck coin, Alexander Graham Bell’s 1876 cell, a brass money sign up from Marshall Fields, Sam Walton’s cap, and lots of different items and providers that experience formed American tradition. ancient and modern ads also are featured, emphasizing the evolution of the connection among manufacturers and shoppers through the years. Interspersed within the old narrative are essays from today’s leaders—including Sheila Bair, Adam Davidson, invoice Ford, Sally Greenberg, Fisk Johnson, Hank Paulson, Richard Trumka, and Pat Woertz—that pose provocative questions about the country of up to date American enterprise and society. American Enterprise is a multi-faceted survey of the nation’s company historical past and corresponding social results that's primary to an realizing of the lives of the yankee humans, the historical past of the USA, and the nation’s function in international affairs.

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He had fought for independence primarily for economic, not political reasons. The fundamental question had been who would benefit from the economic growth of America—absentee colonial landlords or the people of America themselves? The United States was now an independent nation, free to explore and exploit its commercial interests for its own benefit. Just days before Washington wrote Lafayette, the Congress approved an American monetary system based on the “dollar,” a name taken from the Spanish silver dollar, or 8 reales coin that circulated widely in the country.

The book explores key elements and significant stories that characterize this development. They begin with the location and bounteous natural resources of the United States. The distance of the new nation from Europe allowed it to grow and ultimately expand across the continent without constant interference from the European powers, which continued to be preoccupied with each other. Land, timber, coal, iron ore, and later petroleum among other resources provided the foundation for rapid business development.

The museum is also exploring related areas, including how democracy was implemented in the United States; how immigration and migration changed national beliefs and values; and how new cultural expressions have shaped American identity at the individual, community, and national level. Interspersed throughout this book are essays of leading thinkers in today’s business community, who present contrasting views on important contemporary issues. Debating enterprise has always been part of American history, from the time when some colonists argued that remaining British was best for business, while others passionately sought independence.

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