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The Emergence of Capitalism in Early America$
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Christopher W. Calvo

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066332

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066332.001.0001

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Henry Carey, Nature, and the Destiny of Man

Henry Carey, Nature, and the Destiny of Man

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(p.180) 6 Henry Carey, Nature, and the Destiny of Man
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The Emergence of Capitalism in Early America
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Christopher W. Calvo

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813066332.003.0006

This chapters argues that Henry Carey was the most important economist of the antebellum period. Carey united protectionism into a single, coherent economic ideology. His most significant theoretical accomplishment is the assertion of human agency in the natural economic order, as described by Adam Smith and the British classicists. Carey inverts the relationship between man and nature, making humanity sovereign over what the British economists described as an unbending natural order. For Carey, man is no longer subject to nature’s will; rather humanity controls the natural economic order, extracting from it an economics of affluence that is distinct to the American experience.

Keywords:   Henry Carey, Protectionism, Adam Smith

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