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Tariffs, Immigration, and Economic Insulation: A New View of the U.S. Post-Civil War Era
By Cecil E. Bohanon
T. Norman Van Cott

This article appeared in the Spring 2005 issue of The Independent Review


Protectionists often claim that the vibrant post-Civil War economy proves that protectionism can hasten economic growth. But this flawed interpretation of post-bellum progress ignores the massive unrestricted immigration and foreign-capital inflows that fueled the era’s great increase in output.

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Volume 9 Number 4
Spring 2005

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