Economy Subthemes

Economy: documents in this group deal not only with economic reality (farming, industry, and trade) but with political economy, that is with late colonial ideological understanding of economic issues.


 

  • Agriculture: crops, harvesting, and production of food and fiber crops; shortages and surpluses of food stuffs. 

     

  • Bounty: bounties given for manufacturing, agriculture, or military enlistments.

     

  • Debt and credit: individual debt/debtors and credit/creditors as well as colonial and state attempts to pay for public needs.

     

  • Empire: the economic operation or political ideas of the British empire in America.

     

  • Industry: manufacturing, arms and powder production, fishing and maritime industries.

     

  • Labor: systems of labor in the colonies, including servitude and wage labor.

     

  • Land: land distribution and land speculation.

     

  • Moral economy: philosophical aspects of the economy (the rationale for taxation, for instance) and communal reactions to deviant behavior (forced contrition by suspected Loyalists, for instance).

     

  • Paper money: calls for paper money, the theory of paper money, and paper money emissions.

     

  • Postal: organization and operation of the revolutionary postal system.

     

  • Taxation: economics and politics of taxation — but not complaints about specific taxes.

     

  • Trade and commerce: exports, imports, merchants, and mercantile behavior.

     

  • Trade restrictions: boycotts (Continental Association), British restrictions on colonial trade.