18th Century Venture Capitalists

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  1. Eric Muller says:

    May I suggest Andrew Levy, The First Emancipator: The Forgotten Story of Robert Carter, the Founding Father Who Freed His Slaves (Random House 2005)? Not flawless, but an excellent read, and fascinating.

  2. Al Brophy says:

    Hi Nate, welcome back to co-op. I’m looking forward to your posts. If it’s the history of American enterprise you’re interested in, I’d suggest Thomas Doerflinger’s Vigorous Spirit of Enterprise: Merchants and Economic Develoment in Revolutionary Philadelphia (1987).

    I haven’t yet had the chance to read Royster’s book, though I hope to soon. So I’m curious about a statement in your post: Royster’s book is “the private law story of the American Revolution.” Why is that? Because it tells of private events going on alongside the Revolution, or because the book traces changes in private law (and economic behavior) wrought by the Revolution? Or for some other reason….

  3. Nate says:

    Al: Mainly because it simply tells a story of private events going on along side of the revolution. Royster is not a legal historian, and doesn’t seem much interested in the substance or evolution of the law that the characters in his story were using. Hence, my statement is metaphorical rather than actually summarizing some sort of jurisprudential discussion in the book.