Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2016

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

History

Major

History

First Advisor

Lawrence T. McDonnell

Abstract

This research investigates the professional trajectory of merchants in Early Republic South Carolina. The goal is to show that southern commerce in this era is more complex than what has been claimed in the current scholarship, which is dominated by discussions of northern merchants. This has been done by examining Charleston Directories from 1790 to 1819 and tracking individual merchants, their professions prior to and after being merchants, and their addresses through the entire period. Quantitatively examining the data compiled shows a complexity and level of risk in middling commerce that is absent in scholarship on Early Republic commerce in the South. Showing this level of dynamism illustrates the importance of understanding southern middling commerce in Early Republic America. It also shows that more research on middling merchants is vital for a full understanding of American export trade in the Early Republic.

Copyright Owner

Aaron Michael Benson

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

38 pages

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