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En leiu of GDP you might investigate tariffs and trade in that period. 'The Harmony of Interests' by Henry Cary has some contemporary data on these matters. As Polanyi noted, economics did not properly apply to the 19th Century USA, as economics was then conceived as the science of the allocation of scarce resources to various competing ends, while land, labor and money were essentially free. Land was free due to the availability of vast tracts for homesteading until the 1890s, labor was abundant and cheap due to the constant flow of immigrants, and money could be dug from the earth in the form of gold and silver.

Of course the benefits of these factors accrued primarily to white males with the wealthy benefiting disproportionately, as always. How these considerations applied could become quite complex and law was a sometime thing.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 07:36:24 PM EST
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Thanks. I meant, GNP; GNP is subject of the title. I want to retrieve a specific document --containing color plates-- that I reviewed once before. It's the color plates that I wanted at first to share with Oui.

I downloaded and read a lot of 1850, 1930, and 1940 and certain supplementals during my sentence in the CA Cohort. Beside the fact that these primary sources are auspicious  US Americican records --on a policy basis-- fact checking that lot was a 24hr job.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 08:38:02 PM EST
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Reynolds's political map of the United States

Large map - Freedom vs. Slavery : Comparison of the chief statistics of the free states and of the slave states, according to the U.S. census of 1850

[Source: The African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship]

1800s-1850s: Expansion of slavery in the U.S.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 10:00:50 PM EST
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I'm feeling embarrassed now, even a little more demented than usual, to have led you down a rabbit hole.

I'll think of it eventually.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 11:38:52 PM EST
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