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American Political Economy
Francis Bowen (1811–1890)
 
American Political Economy, by the late Professor Francis Bowen of Harvard University, is a standard treatise on the subject, widely used as a textbook in colleges, and one of the most exhaustive studies of American economic conditions ever made. The author frankly takes his stand on the ground that while there are a few abstract scientific principles governing political economy, it is essentially a practical science to be examined in relation to each country by itself, if wise conclusions are to be reached. That is Professor Bowen’s method with respect to the United States; and he is a vigorous advocate of a certain kind of protection and of a single money standard, sharply criticizing the management of the government currency and finance from 1860 up to the time of the publication of his work in 1870. The admirably clear, simple language in which Professor Bowen writes makes his treatise one for general reading, and has been a factor in giving it popularity as a class-book.  1
 
 
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