Reading Notes for October 6, American Exceptionalism
Economics 210a, Fall 1999
Paul David (1968), "The Mechanization of Reaping in the
Ante-Bellum Midwest," in Henry Rosovsky (ed.), Industrialization
in Two Systems, New York: Wiley, pp.3-28.
Peter Temin (1966), "Labor
Scarcity and the Problem of American Industrial Efficiency in
the 1950s," Journal of Economic History 26:3
(September), pp. 277-298.
Edward Ames and Nathan Rosenberg (1968), "The Enfield
Arsenal in Theory and History," Economic Journal
78 (December), pp.**-**
Gavin Wright (1990), "The
Origins of American Industrial Success," American
Economic Review 80, pp. 651-68.
Paul David (1975), "The Mechanization of Reaping in the
Ante-Bellum Midwest," in Paul David, Technical Choice,
Innovation and Economic Growth (Cambridge University Press).
Albert Fishlow (1965), American Railroads and the Transformation
of the Ante-Bellum Economy (Harvard University Press).
H.J. Habbakuk (1962), American and British Technology in
the 19th Century (Cambridge University Press).
Lewis Jones (1977), "The Mechanization of Reaping and
Mowing in American Agriculture, 1833-1870: A Comment," Journal
of Economic History 37.
Alan Olmstead (1975), "The Mechanization of Reaping and
Mowing in American Agriculture, 1833-1870," Journal of
Economic History 35.
Alan Olmstead and Paul Rhode (1995), "Beyond the Threshold:
An Analysis of the Characteristics and Behavior of Early Reaper
Adopters," Journal of Economic History 55.
Roshua Rosenbloom (993), "Anglo-Ameican Technological
Differences in Small-Arms Manufacturing," Journal of
Interdisciplinary History, pp.683- 698.
Edwin Rothbarth (1946), "Causes of the Superior Efficiency
of USA Industry as Compared to British Industry, Economic
Philip Scranton (1997), Endless Novelty: Specialty Production
and American Industrialization, 1865-1925, Princeton: Princeton
Frederick Jackson Turner (1920), The Frontier in American
History (Henry Holt).
Yields per bushel per man hour
1800 .27 .29
1840 .43 .36
1880 .66 .56
1900 .92 .68