Trading Freedom

Norwood Dael A
"Dael Norwood reveals that much of America's early growth and self-definition was shaped by its multifarious relations with China. Correspondingly, he shows that America was not solely the product of its Atlantic engagements; the Pacific always played a critical role in economic, social, and cultural development. Norwood weaves together arguments about commerce, foreign policy, and immigration, connecting the growing US presence in the "China trade" with domestic developments, including Federalist-era debates over political economy and trade policy, the building of the transcontinental railroad, and the looming sectional struggle over slavery"--
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Trading Freedom explores the surprisingly rich early history of US-China trade and its unexpected impact on the developing republic.

The economic and geographic development of the pre-twentieth-century United States is usually thought of in trans-Atlantic terms, defined by entanglements with Europe and Africa. In Trading Freedom, Dael A. Norwood recasts these common conceptions by looking to Asia, making clear that from its earliest days, the United States has been closely intertwined with China--monetarily, politically, and psychologically.

Norwood details US trade with China from the late eighteenth through the late nineteenth centuries--a critical period in America's self-definition as a capitalist nation--and shows how global commerce was central to the articulation of that national identity. He examines how much of the country's early growth and definition was influenced in important ways by its multifarious Chinese relations. Trading Freedom illuminates how crucial Federalist-era debates over political economy and trade policy, the building of the transcontinental railroad, and the looming sectional struggle over slavery were all influenced by Sino-American relations. Deftly weaving together interdisciplinary threads from the worlds of commerce, foreign policy, and immigration, Trading Freedom thoroughly dismantles the idea that American engagement with China is anything new.

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Publisher University of Chicago Press
ISBN-10 0226815587
ISBN-13 9780226815589
GTIN-13 9780226815589
GTIN-14 09780226815589
Series American Beginnings, 1500-1900
Subtitle How Trade with China Defined Early America
Author Norwood Dael A
Edition 1
Language Code eng
Page Count 312
Publication Date Jan 4, 2022
Dimension 6 in 9 in 0 in