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dc.contributor.advisorWhites, LeeAnneng
dc.contributor.authorSnodgrass, William M.eng
dc.coverage.spatialMissouri -- Saint Louiseng
dc.coverage.temporal1800-1899eng
dc.date.issued2013eng
dc.date.submitted2013 Summereng
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation is a study of how merchants in St. Louis worked to bring order to their commercial lives in the years between the Panic of 1819, the nation's first major economic depression, and the Panic of 1857, another similar event that struck on the eve of the Civil War. Through the first half of the nineteenth century western merchants had to contend with popular resentment against banks and paper money which lingered from the first panic as well as with a lack of consensus on how best to improve the nation's rudimentary financial system. At the same time, an improving transportation system made financial innovation a necessary corollary to conducting business as the west was integrated into the fabric of the national economy. Merchants were pressed hard on all sides in the expanding market economy. This study uses private letters, newspapers, legislative journals and business records to show how St. Louis merchants adapted to the problems of conducting business and establishing a more orderly marketplace. Always seeking to improve their position in the marketplace, merchants had to contend with the state legislature, which was often hostile to their interests, and with competitors in other western cities who challenged their trade networks. Merchants formed organizations to facilitate business and which gradually took over some government functions, in effect creating their own quasi-government over the marketplace.eng
dc.description.bibrefIncludes bibliographical references (pages 216-235).eng
dc.format.extent1 online resource (v, 236 pages)eng
dc.identifier.oclc892926341eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/40118
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/40118eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.rightsOpenAccess.eng
dc.rights.licenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.
dc.sourceSubmitted by the University of Missouri--Columbia Graduate School.eng
dc.subject.lcshMerchantseng
dc.subject.lcshBanks and bankingeng
dc.subject.lcshCommercial associationsHistoryeng
dc.subject.lcshMerchants -- Political activity -- Historyeng
dc.subject.lcshEconomic conditionseng
dc.titleOrder in the marketplace : commercial organizations in antebellum St Louiseng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineHistory (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoraleng
thesis.degree.namePh. D.eng


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