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 significant other booklet to a massive exhibition on the Smithsonian’s nationwide Museum of yankee historical past, goals to respond to those questions on the yankee adventure via an exploration of its financial and advertisement background. It argues that by way of 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 stepping 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 phone, a brass money sign in from Marshall Fields, Sam Walton’s cap, and plenty of different items and companies that experience formed American tradition. ancient and modern ads also are featured, emphasizing the evolution of the connection among manufacturers and shoppers over 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 country of latest American company and society. American Enterprise is a multi-faceted survey of the nation’s company historical past and corresponding social results that's primary to an figuring out of the lives of the yank humans, the historical past of the us, and the nation’s function in worldwide affairs.
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His account ledgers fit the niches in the upper portion of the bookcase, where they were easily accessible. Here he wrote and received letters from George Washington, Patrick Henry, and Benjamin Rush concerning provisions for the Revolutionary War, navigation of the Potomac River, and shipping of goods from England. Ramsay’s papers and his will, now in the collection at the National Museum of American History Archives, likely were written at this desk. In his 1785 will, Ramsay bequeathed all his furniture to his wife, with one exception itemized first: “… I give and desire my mahogany Desk and Book Case unto my son William …” (William Ramsay’s Will, Smithsonian Institution).
American Enterprise: A History of Business in America by Andy Serwer, David Allison, Peter Liebhold, Nancy Davis, Kathleen G. Franz
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