Case | HBS Case Collection | February 2004

American System, The

by David A. Moss, Tiffany Morris and Sarah A. Brennan


Traces the economic development of the United States from 1790 to 1857, focusing especially on the struggle between free traders and protectionists over federal tariff policy. Devotes considerable attention to the nation's political system, its evolving common law, basic factors of production (land, labor, and capital), and key sectors (agriculture, manufacturing, transportation, etc.).

Keywords: Business History; Economic Growth; Government and Politics; United States;


Moss, David A., Tiffany Morris, and Sarah A. Brennan. "American System, The." Harvard Business School Case 704-036, February 2004.