Riches, Real Estate, and Resistance: How Land Speculation, Debt, and Trade Monopolies Led to the American Revolution

Riches, Real Estate, and Resistance: How Land Speculation, Debt, and Trade Monopolies Led to the American Revolution

by Thomas D. Curtis

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Overview

Was the American Revolution fought to achieve abstract ideals of individual freedom or to serve economic interests?   “Both!” is the answer provided by Prof. Thomas D. Curtis in this intriguing study.  He shows how British policy, particularly as it related to the speculation in lands on the western frontier (in the Appalachias and the Ohio Valley), had the unintended effect of uniting diverse interests into a force for rebellion.  The leaders included heavily indebted southern landowners (including George Washington), northern urban land speculators (including Benjamin Franklin), and wealthy northern merchants who feared, after 1773, that England would impose trade monopolies that would bankrupt them.  Artisans, shopkeepers, and small-scale farmers were influenced by combinations of economic and ideological motives.  Small-scale land-oriented interests consisted of the settlers who wanted cheap land for farming in the western frontier areas, but who were denied legal title to the Indian lands by British law.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118973936
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/05/2014
Series: AJES - Studies in Economic Reform and Social Justice Series
Pages: 187
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Thomas D. Curtis is a retired professor of economics whose research interests have been economic history, history of economic thought, and comparative economic systems. He received his B.S. and M.A. from Ball State University and his Ph.D. in economics from Indiana University. He taught at Indiana University, the University of Arizona, the University of Oklahoma and the University of South Florida. During his teaching career he published articles in the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Southern Economics Journal, Journal of Economic Inquiry, the Social Science Quarterly, Land Economics, and the Atlantic Economic Journal.'His hobby for many years is the history of World War II, the European theater of operations.

Table of Contents

Editor’s Introduction: Updating the Curtis Thesis 1

Riches, Real Estate, and Resistance: How Land Speculation, Debt, and Trade Monopolies Led to the American Revolution — Thomas D. 30

Introduction 31

Chapter I. The Economic and Political Background 33

Chapter II. Economic Interest Groups and Western Land Speculation 54

Chapter III. England’s Colonial Land Policies, 1763 – 1767 84

Chapter IV. England’s Colonial Land Policies, 1768 – 1774 99

Chapter V. An Alliance of Interests Opposed to English Rule 124

Chapter VI. Summary and Conclusion 150

References 161

Appendix A: Proclamation of 1763 168

Appendix B: The Quebec Act of 1774 175

Index 183

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