- Series: Harvard Studies in Business History (Book 40)
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Harvard University Press (January 1, 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0674257650
- ISBN-13: 978-0674257658
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,428,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Enterprising Elite: The Boston Associates and the World They Made (Harvard Studies in Business History) 0th Edition
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This is first-rate business history, combining the stories of the pioneer entrepreneurs of the Massachusetts textile industry and their self-conscious effort to solidify the place of the upper class in a democracy. Francis C. Lowell, Nathan Appleton, and others formed a group of "Boston Associates" that first erected mills at Waltham and then in the 1820s at the planned community of Lowell. Dalzell takes pains to stress that these men were risk-averse entrepreneurs; they fled the shipping business for the safer business of manufacturing. Dalzell offers as well a fine history of how the Associates invested in ancillary fields, e.g., insurance, and how they invented the model of philanthropy as the justification for unequal wealth. Highly recommended for college and public libraries. James W. Oberly, History Dept., Univ. of WisconsinEau-Claire
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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More than any other single group of individuals, the Boston Associates were responsible for the sweeping economic transformation that occurred in New England between 1815 and 1861. This book analyzes for the first time the totality of the Associates' achievement.
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