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- Introduction: A business civilization
- 1. Trade and empire
- 2. Commerce in the new nation, 1780–1820
- 3. Early manufacturers, 1820–1850
- 4. Railroads and mass distribution, 1850 –1880
- 5. An industrial country, 1880–1910
- 6. Modern companies, 1910–1930
- 7. Crisis and war, 1930–1945
- 8. Corporate America, 1945–1980
- 9. Entrepreneurs and the global economy, 1980–2020
- Conclusion: Sustainability