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E.H. Harriman

Overview page. Subjects: United States History — Economic History.

(1848–1909), railroad financier.

Born in Hempstead, New York, Edward Henry Harriman began his business career as a Wall Street stockbroker, but soon became a railroad financier by...

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Entrepreneurship

Overview page. Subjects: Economic History — United States History.

The entrepreneur is a leading character in many accounts of economic growth. He appears in business biographies as a charismatic founder of a company; in industry studies as a prominent ...

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Fashion Industry

Overview page. Subjects: United States History — Economic History.

Fashion has been a phenomenon of collective behavior since the fourteenth century. Yet as an industry in the United States, it did not exist until the beginning of the nineteenth ...

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James Buchanan Duke

Overview page. Subjects: United States History — Economic History.

(1856–1925), manufacturer of tobacco products, philanthropist.

James “Buck” Duke, the son of Washington Duke and Artelia Roney Duke, was born on the family's farm in Orange County,...

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Samuel Gompers

Overview page. Subjects: United States History — Economic History.

(1850–1924), American labor leader.

President of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) for all but one of its first thirty-seven years (1886–1924), Samuel Gompers was a leading...

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stock market

Overview page. Subjects: Economic History — United States History.

1 See stock exchange.

2 A market in which livestock are bought and sold.

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Women in the Labor Force

Overview page. Subjects: United States History — Economic History.

The history of women in the American labor force has been shaped by diverse cultural, legal, demographic, and ethno-racial influences. Like men, women in preindustrial America contributed...

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