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Encyclopedia of tariffs and trade in U.S. history
Northrup, Cynthia Clark, 1959-
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
3 volumes ; 27 cm
v. 1. The encyclopedia -- v. 2. Debating the issues : selected primary documents -- v. 3. The texts of the tariffs.



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HF1705 .T37 2003 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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The tariff, central to the colonies' separation from Great Britain, has remained one of the most divisive and misunderstood issues in American history. This encyclopedia provides comprehensive coverage of tariffs and trade from pre-colonial times to the present, featuring more than 400 A-Z entries, selected primary documents, and texts of the tariffs. It overviews the people, events, and legislation that have affected tariffs and trade policy, while illustrating the issues with primary documents from the Federalist Papers to the Gore-Perot debate over NAFTA.

Designed as a tool for students, scholars, and the general public, this book is the only encyclopedia on tariffs and trade from the 1600s to the present. The book's introduction offers a solid historical survey, while entries include overviews of each tariff from 1789 to the present, concise biographies of individuals--including both opponents of tariffs and advocates of protectionism--and coverage of the events that have shaped economic and trade policies. The encyclopedia's extensive information provides a broader, fuller understanding of tariffs, their role in U.S. history, and their impact on trade than any other reference.

Author Notes

CYNTHIA CLARK NORTHRUP teaches at the University of Texas, Arlington. Her field of specialization is modern U.S. history with an emphasis on political and economic issues.

ELAINE C. PRANGE TURNEY teaches at the University of Dallas. Her field of specialization is U.S. environmental history.

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Media coverage of the recent failed attempt by the US to ratify the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) agreement (an expansion of NAFTA that would include all 34 countries of the Western Hemisphere except Cuba) once again alerted the American public to the critical importance of tariffs and trade agreements to the US economy. Northrup (Univ. of Texas) and Turney (Univ. of Dallas) offer an outstanding reference source treating the tariff acts passed by Congress, 1789-1930. The set will help faculty and students better understand the role these trade agreements play in shaping US history. Volume 1 contains over 500 alphabetically arranged biographical and topical entries and a 20-page bibliography. Biographical entries provide a brief bibliography and see also references to related topics. Volume 2 reproduces 36 primary historical documents, arranged chronologically, that illustrate particular arguments or positions on specific tariffs or trade in general, are critical to understanding US economic policy, and are as relevant today as they were originally (e.g., the "Gore-Perot Debate over the Ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement"). Volume 3 reprints the text of all tariff acts, 1789-1930. Since this set excludes the texts of trade agreements negotiated by the executive branch after 1930, NAFTA is missing, but Encyclopedia of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the New American Community, and Latin-American Trade (CH, May'95) fills that gap. Both works belong in every university history or economics collection. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Undergraduates through faculty. A. A. Raymond Business Subject Specialist