By Andy Serwer, David Allison, Peter Liebhold, Nancy Davis, Kathleen G. Franz
What does it suggest to be an American? What are American rules and values? American Enterprise, the better half booklet to a huge exhibition on the Smithsonian’s nationwide Museum of yank heritage, goals to reply to those questions about the yankee event via an exploration of its fiscal and advertisement historical past. It argues that through taking a look at the intersection of capitalism and democracy, we will see the place we as a state have come from and the place we'd be entering into the future.
Richly illustrated with photos of items from the museum’s collections, American firm includes a 1794 buck coin, Alexander Graham Bell’s 1876 mobile, a brass money check in from Marshall Fields, Sam Walton’s cap, and lots of different items and companies that experience formed American tradition. historic and modern ads also are featured, emphasizing the evolution of the connection among manufacturers and shoppers through the years. Interspersed within the ancient 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 nation of up to date American company and society. American Enterprise is a multi-faceted survey of the nation’s enterprise background and corresponding social results that's basic to an realizing of the lives of the yankee humans, the background of the USA, and the nation’s position in international affairs.
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Miller’s sketches resulted in finished watercolors. Beaver pelt, 19th century. Thick beaver fur was the most desirable. Three grades of pelts defined the trade: castor gras, pelts worn by trappers whose perspiration and body oils softened the coarse outer hair; castor sec, stiff unworn scraped pelts, and bandeau, poorly scraped pelts. Beaver hat, 19th century. Beaver hats were fashionable for over three hundred years. The quality of a beaver hat indicated position and wealth. Pelts traveled by cart from the Dakota Territory to St.
At his death he was the wealthiest man in America. A Half-cast and his two Wives, by Peter Rindisbacher, about 1825. Métis women moved between two worlds—the Indian and the European. As capable traders, the women knew the value of the furs they sold and the merchants’ goods they wished to buy. left: Indian trade goods, fabric sample book, 1834. This book listed the prices of cottons of Eastern manufacturers compared to the selling cost to the Indian. It provides insight into the merchants’ costs and markups, and offers a rare example of cloths and the terms assigned to them.
Around 700,000 enslaved people worked mostly on Southern farms and plantations. Overall, Americans had a higher standard of living than inhabitants of Great Britain, but wealth was unequally distributed. Historians estimate that the top 10 percent of the population controlled between 40 percent and 60 percent of the wealth. There was little gold or silver money for buying goods. Instead, Americans bartered, or used skins, tobacco, shells, and paper bills. Although widely dispersed over vast areas, Americans did not live isolated, simple lives.