[Marxism] The American Revolution placed the government at the forefront of industrializa­tion in the United States.

wytheholt at cox.net wytheholt at cox.net
Tue Nov 22 13:39:13 MST 2016

While the American Revolution greatly accentuated the development of manufacturing in the US, this did not miraculously happen overnight, and the colonies in 1775 were not really a "simple agrarian society," though much of "America" was rural and this fact persisted until well after the Civil War.  Mercantile capitalism was powerful and producing much wealth, including the solid beginnings of manufacturing, before the Revolution occurred -- which is in no small part why the colonists rebelled.  They wanted to control, tax, and benefit from their own development, and not let the cash go to the English.

The new American government under George Washington (who was developing a capitalist whiskey business/industry near his death) and his right-hand helper Alexander Hamilton certainly promoted the growth of manufacturing, and was almost overtly into supporting and touting capitalism -- and in 1794 belatedly some of America's rural dissenters against capitalism rebelled and were immediately smashed by an American army larger than any Washington had had during the Revolution.  Who led this army west from Philadelphia to the environs of Pittsburgh and ran roughshod over rebels who had already decided to quit rebelling, in what he derisively called the Whiskey Rebellion?  Col. Alexander Hamilton.

The musical is a whitewash of Hamilton.


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 Before the Revolutionary War, America was the simple, agrarian society
that Thomas Jefferson so revered. It was the Revolutionary War itself that
transformed America into a manufacturing powerhouse that within a few short
decades would overtake and surpass the manufacturing prowess of Europe's
greatest countries. It was the American government itself that led this
effort, organizing and teaching the small craftsmen of the country how to
become large scale producers, and providing them with the necessary cash,
raw materials, and transportation resources. The short-term result was the
effective arming of the nation, but the long-term implica­tions involved
placing the government at the forefront of industrializa­tion in the United

"When the American Revolution began, the ... colonies in rebellion were not
prepared for war and were slow to understand how to support themselves
productively. As *Amphitrite's* tale displays, it was also unlike­ly that
Americans could rely on foreign supplies. So the US government embarked on
a program to harness the resources of the nation's manu­facturing sector
and direct the production of equipment for the Continental Army. ...

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