This book, first published in 1888 and reprinted in 1974, offers a history of US protective tariffs and their consequences for that country’s international trade, particularly with Great Britain. Its aim was to present to the reader the arguments for and against the opposing principles of protection and free trade, and in this it is successful – the book is a comprehensive analysis of the issue, seen from a time when the debate was perhaps at its most intense.
Table of Contents
1. General Reflections 2. Limited Extent of the US 3. Petitions in Favour of Protection 4. First Congress Adopts Protection 5. First Act of Congress for Both Revenue and Protection 6. Washington Approves Protection of Manufactures 7. Report of Secretary of Treasury 8. Protection Supported by John Adams 9. Relations with England and France 10. Madison Recommends Protection as Necessary to Independence 11. Madison Recommends Protection After the War with England 12. Congressional Proceedings 13. Proceedings of House of Representatives on Tariff of 1816 14. Tariff of 1816 Produces General Rejoicing 15. Monroe Becomes President 16. Monroe Recommends Additional Duties 17. Producers of Cotton 18. English Manufactures and Competition 19. Presidential Contest of 1824 20. Adams – Enemy of Protection? 21. Protection in the West 22. Presidential Election of 1828 23. Jackson’s Administration 24. Sectional Controversy 25. Condition of the Treasury 26. House of Representatives 27. Presidential Campaign of 1832 28. Jackson and Protection I 29. Jackson and Protection II 30. Force Bill Passed 31. Compromise Act of 1833 I 32. Incidental Protection 33. Compromise Act of 1833 II 34. Tyler and the Act 35. Tariff of 1842 36. Polk’s Administration 37. The Treasury and Free Trade 38. Tariff of 1846 39. Public Debt 40. Treasury and Bankruptcy 41. Advantages of a Protective over a Revenue Tariff 42. Duty – Revenue and Protection 43. Home Markets 44. The ‘Cobden Club’ 45. Taxation Inevitable 46. English Opinions of US Policy