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Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers: "How a Nineteenth-Century Man of Business, Science, and the Sea Changed American Life"

Tamara Plakins Thornton

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626932
eISBN:
9781469628110
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626932.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Nathaniel Bowditch (1773-1838) was a mathematician, astronomer, navigator, seafarer, and business executive whose Enlightenment-inspired perspectives shaped nineteenth-century capitalism while ... More


Borderline citizens: women and the political process

Kathryn Gleadle

in Borderline Citizens: Women, Gender and Political Culture in Britain, 1815-1867

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264492
eISBN:
9780191734274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264492.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter considers how, as ratepayers, householders, electors, parliamentary constituents, petitioners, welfare providers, and policy experts, women in Britain were commonly treated as political ... More


Oak Grove Church

David Harrington Watt

in Bible-Carrying Christians: Conservative Protestants and Social Power

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195068344
eISBN:
9780199834822
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195068343.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Oak Grove Church and the school that was associated with it (Oak Grove Christian Academy) were located in Olney – a Philadelphia neighborhood that had once been solidly working class, but which had ... More


Return to Howick, 1834–1845

E. A. Smith

in Lord Grey 1764–1845

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198201632
eISBN:
9780191674969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201632.003.0008
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Political History

This chapter focuses on Grey's retirement. Although Grey had declared that his retirement meant the end of his public life, he did not retreat into isolation from political affairs. He was prepared ... More


Property, Power and Politics: Why We Need to Rethink the World Power System

Jean-Philippe Robé

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781529213164
eISBN:
9781529213201
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781529213164.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Public International Law

The book applies legal concepts to economic analysis. It explains that modern economies require the existence of a specific legal system to operate. The analysis builds on the prior work of ... More


Land Reform in Local Hands and Local Minds

Amy C. Offner

in Sorting Out the Mixed Economy: The Rise and Fall of Welfare and Developmental States in the Americas

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691190938
eISBN:
9780691192628
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691190938.003.0003
Subject:
History, Latin American History

This chapter describes the Cauca Valley Corporations (CVC) that performed the iconic functions of the developmental state, giving the national government unprecedented reach and power. The autonomous ... More


The impact of industrialisation

J. A. Chandler

in Explaining Local Government: Local Government in Britain since 1800

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719067068
eISBN:
9781781701355
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719067068.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

The political crisis which led up to the 1832 Electoral Reform Act in Britain is seen as a near-bloodless revolution that levered the landed elites from power in favour of urban merchants and ... More


Municipal government to its zenith

J. A. Chandler

in Explaining Local Government: Local Government in Britain since 1800

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719067068
eISBN:
9781781701355
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719067068.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

The 1835 Municipal Corporations Act enabled but did not compel industrial towns in Britain to establish municipal corporations, let alone to develop the publicly owned infrastructure. The status and ... More


Private Plantation: The Political Economy of Land in Early Virginia

Paul Musselwhite

in Virginia 1619: Slavery and Freedom in the Making of English America

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781469651798
eISBN:
9781469651811
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651798.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

In addition to the other momentous events of 1619, the year also marked the Virginia Company’s first widespread granting of private land to colonists. The private land grants have long been seen as a ... More


Introduction

Tamara Plakins Thornton

in Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers: "How a Nineteenth-Century Man of Business, Science, and the Sea Changed American Life"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626932
eISBN:
9781469628110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626932.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter introduces Nathaniel Bowditch first as contemporaries celebrated him, and then as we should understand him: a man whose mathematical sensibilities transformed the world of practical ... More


Gentleman Actuary

Tamara Plakins Thornton

in Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers: "How a Nineteenth-Century Man of Business, Science, and the Sea Changed American Life"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626932
eISBN:
9781469628110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626932.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter examines Nathaniel Bowditch’s assumption of a leading role in Salem’s economic and social elite, and the business conduct, social activities, and religious and partisan loyalties elite ... More


The Clockwork Corporation

Tamara Plakins Thornton

in Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers: "How a Nineteenth-Century Man of Business, Science, and the Sea Changed American Life"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626932
eISBN:
9781469628110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626932.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter examines the nature, impact, and significance of Bowditch’s work as head of the Massachusetts Hospital Life Insurance Company (MHL). In offering trust accounts and pooling investment ... More


Harvard and Other Imperfect Mechanisms

Tamara Plakins Thornton

in Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers: "How a Nineteenth-Century Man of Business, Science, and the Sea Changed American Life"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626932
eISBN:
9781469628110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626932.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter examines Bowditch’s drive to transform three institutions fundamental to the Boston elite--the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Boston Athenaeum, and Harvard University—into ... More


Patterns Worth Noting: Markets Out of Movements

Paul-Brian McInerney

in From Social Movement to Moral Market: How the Circuit Riders Sparked an IT Revolution and Created a Technology Market

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780804785129
eISBN:
9780804789066
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804785129.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Politics, Social Movements and Social Change

This chapter draws conclusions about the relationship between social movements and markets, while exploring the practical consequences of the Circuit Riders and nonprofit technology assistance ... More


Final Reckonings

Tamara Plakins Thornton

in Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers: "How a Nineteenth-Century Man of Business, Science, and the Sea Changed American Life"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626932
eISBN:
9781469628110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626932.003.0011
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter first examines the many biographical representations of Bowditch, most notably as the self-made man, and the cultural and social forces that shaped those representations. It then ... More


The Long History of the Regulation of Private Business Corporations in International Law

Doreen Lustig

in Veiled Power: International Law and the Private Corporation 1886-1981

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198822097
eISBN:
9780191861185
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198822097.003.0008
Subject:
Law, Private International Law

The conclusion challenges the prevailing narrative on the 1990s as the watershed period during which a new sensibility emerged towards the responsibility of private business corporations as subjects ... More


The Illiberal Political Economy of Oil

Andrew T. Price-Smith

in Oil, Illiberalism, and War: An Analysis of Energy and US Foreign Policy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780262029063
eISBN:
9780262327527
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262029063.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

In this chapter Price-Smith delineates the foundations of the international political economy of oil, and argues that the global political economy of energy has shifted away from the liberal model ... More


The Sustainability Story: Exposing Truths, Half-Truths, and Illusions

Peter Dauvergne

in New Earth Politics: Essays from the Anthropocene

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780262034364
eISBN:
9780262332132
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262034364.003.0016
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter analyzes the growing influence of multinational corporations on the narrative of sustainability, demonstrating how over the past decade they have been turning a once critical discourse ... More


The Supra-Cyborg: The Rise of Global Governing Corporatocracies

Celeste M. Condit

in Biocitizenship: The Politics of Bodies, Governance, and Power

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781479845194
eISBN:
9781479846306
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479845194.003.0014
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

This essay offers a supra-individual perspective on biocitizenship. By developing the concept of the supra-cyborg, it envisions biocitizenship as the organization of humans within a supra-biological ... More


Poverty as a Frame Continuum

Sandra L. Barnes

in Live Long and Prosper: How Black Megachurches Address HIV/AIDS and Poverty in the Age of Prosperity Theology

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823249565
eISBN:
9780823252619
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823249565.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The chapter focuses on frame analysis to uncover how the Black megachurches respond to poverty in the Black community. This subject is important considering the emphasis on godly favor among churches ... More


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