Plank Road Fever in Antebellum America: New York State Origins
Daniel B. Klein
George Mason University - Department of Economics
University of California, Santa Barbara - Department of Economics
New York History, pp. 39-65, January 1994
The new roads would end rural isolation, speed commerce, improve wives and daughters, increase church attendance, bring wealth to investors. So said the promotors. The autors examine the New York origins of plank roads and analyze their giddy rise and traumatic decline. Daniel Klein is an assistant professor of economics at the University of California, Irvine. John Majewski is a lecturer in the history department of the University of California, Los Angeles.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 28
Keywords: Toll roads, plank roads, boosterism, internal improvementsAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: January 8, 2004
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