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Ohio Canal Era
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Ohio Canal Era, a rich analysis of state policies and their impact in directing economic change, is a classic on the subject of the pre–Civil War transportation revolution. This edition contains a new foreword by scholar Lawrence M. Friedman and a bibliographic note by the author. Professor Scheiber explores how Ohio—as a “public enterprise state,” creating state agencies and mobilizing public resources for transport innovation and control—led in the process of economic change before the Civil War. No other historical account of the period provides so full and insightful a portrayal of “law in action.” Scheiber reveals the important roles of American nineteenth- century government in economic policy-making, finance, administration, and entrepreneurial activities in support of economic development. His study is equally important as an economic history. Scheiber provides a full account of waves of technological innovation and of the transformation of Ohio’s commerce, agriculture, and industrialization in an era of hectic economic change. And he tells the intriguing story of how the earliest railroads of the Old Northwest were built and financed, finally confronting the state- owned canal system with a devastating competitive challenge. Amid the current debate surrounding “privatization,” “deregulation,” and the appropriate use of “industrial policy” by government to shape and channel the economy. Scheiber’s landmark study gives vital historical context to issues of privatization and deregulation that we confront in new forms today.  

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vi-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Tables
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Maps and Charts
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. p. xiv
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xix-xxii
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  1. Preface to the 1987 Edition
  2. pp. xxiii-xxvii
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  1. Bibliographic Note, 1987
  2. pp. xxvii-xxx
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  1. Bibliographic Note, 2012
  2. pp. xxxi-xxxvi
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  1. Part I: The State Enterprise, 1820-1850
  2. pp. 1-181
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  1. Chapter 1: Toward a Canal Policy, 1820-1825
  2. pp. 7-35
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  1. Chapter 2: Construction and Finance, 1825-1833
  2. pp. 36-60
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  1. Chapter 3: Administration of the Enterprise, 1825-1833
  2. pp. 61-87
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  1. Chapter 4: Egalitarian Ideals and Pressure for Expansion, 1825-1838
  2. pp. 88-119
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  1. Chapter 5: The Public Works and Mixed Enterprise, 1836-1845
  2. pp. 120-139
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  1. Chapter 6: Financing Expansion, 1836-1845
  2. pp. 140-163
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  1. Chapter 7: Administration: Change and Adjustment, 1833-1850
  2. pp. 164-181
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  1. Part II: The Course of Economic Change, 1820-1851
  2. pp. 183-268
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  1. Chapter 8: The Canals in the Economy, 1820-1840
  2. pp. 187-211
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  1. Chapter 9: The Transportation Revolution: Second Phase, 1840-1851
  2. pp. 212-246
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  1. Chapter 10: State Rate-Making and Market Allocation, 1827-1851
  2. pp. 247-268
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  1. Part III: Beginning of the Railroad Age: To 1861
  2. pp. 269-368
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  1. Chapter 11: Competition and Response: The Ohio Railroads, 1826-1861
  2. pp. 275-317
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  1. Chapter 12: Transportation and Economic Change, 1850-1860
  2. pp. 318-352
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  1. Chapter 13: Conclusion
  2. pp. 353-368
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  1. Appendix 1: The Sources of Capital: Foreign and Domestic Investment in Ohio State Bonds, 1825-1840
  2. pp. 371-379
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  1. Appendix 2: Tolls on the Ohio Canals
  2. pp. 380-386
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  1. Appendix 3: Tonnage of Canal Commerce, 1850-1860
  2. pp. 387-390
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  1. Appendix 4: A Note on the Problem of Estimating "Indirect Returns"
  2. pp. 391-397
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 398-422
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 423-430
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