The 100 Most Significant Events in American Business: An Encyclopedia

Editor/Author Skrabec, Quentin R.
Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Greenwood

Single-User Purchase Price: $98.00
Unlimited-User Purchase Price: $147.00
ISBN: 978-0-31-339862-9
Category: Business, Finance & Economics - Business
Image Count: 40
Book Status: Available
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This reference book details the top 100 groundbreaking events in the history of American business, featuring case studies of successful companies who challenged traditional operating paradigms, historical perspectives on labor laws, management practices, and economic climates, and an examination of the impact of these influences on today's business practices.

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Privatization of the Plymouth Colony (1623)
  • Navigation Acts (1651)
  • Wealth of Nations (1776)
  • Patent and Copyright Statutes (1790)
  • “Report on Manufacturing” (1791)
  • Whiskey Rebellion (1794)
  • Jefferson Embargo (1807)
  • First Steamboat to New Orleans (1811)
  • National Road (1811)
  • Erie Canal (1825)
  • Tariff of Abominations (1828)
  • Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (1828)
  • Whig Party Evolves (1834)
  • Panic of 1837
  • Automated Sewing Machine (1846)
  • Revolution, Famine, and Immigration (1848)
  • Clipper Ships (1849)
  • Western Union Telegraph Company (1851)
  • Great Exhibition of 1851
  • Transatlantic Cable (1857)
  • Panic of 1857
  • Overland Travel and Mail Service (1859)
  • Abraham Lincoln Establishes Protectionism (1860)
  • World's Largest Cannon/Civil War Technology (1864)
  • Transcontinental Railroad Completed (1869)
  • Westinghouse Air Brake (1869)
  • Panic of 1873
  • Andrew Carnegie's First Steel Mill (1875)
  • Centennial Exposition (1876)
  • First Commercial Telephone (1877)
  • Great Railroad Strike of 1877
  • World's First Skyscraper (1884)
  • War of the Currents (1885)
  • Sears Mail Order Business (1886)
  • Haymarket Riot (1886)
  • ALCOA Aluminum Formed (1888)
  • McKinley Tariff of 1890
  • Homestead Strike of 1892
  • Panic of 1893
  • Chicago World's Fair (1893)
  • Pullman Strike (1894)
  • Niagara Falls Power Plant (1896)
  • Paternal Capitalism—Homestead and Wilmerding, Pennsylvania (1896)
  • First Electric Sign (Product Branding and Advertising)—H. J. Heinz (1900)
  • First Billion-Dollar Corporation—United States Steel (1901)
  • Henry Ford Wins Race of the Century (1901)
  • Owens Automated Glass Bottle–Making Machine (1904)
  • Upton Sinclair's Jungle (1905)
  • Panic of 1907
  • Highland Park Ford Assembly Line (1910)
  • Scientific Management (1911)
  • Standard Oil Antitrust Lawsuit (1911)
  • Income Tax (1913)
  • Federal Reserve Act (1913)
  • Commercial Flight (1914)
  • Panama Canal Opens (1914)
  • General Motors Corporation Formed (1916)
  • Great Steel Strike of 1919
  • First Commercial Radio (1921)
  • Hawthorne Studies Begin (1924)
  • Talking Movies—The Jazz Singer (1927)
  • Stock Market Crash/Great Depression (1929)
  • Hoover Dam (1931)
  • National Labor Relations Act (Wagner Act) (1935)
  • Social Security Act (1935)
  • Television at the 1939 World's Fair
  • Maslow's Theory of Needs (1946)
  • General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) (1947)
  • First Credit Card (1950)
  • UNIVAC I (1951)
  • Shippingport Atomic Power Station (1956)
  • Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956
  • First Mass-Produced Transistor Radio (1957)
  • First Japanese Auto Sold in the United States (1958)
  • Steel Strike of 1959
  • America Targets the Moon (1961)
  • McDonald's Launches Golden Arches (1962)
  • Telstar Communications Satellites (1962)
  • First Wal-Mart (and Kmart) Open (1962)
  • IBM 360 Computer (1964)
  • Unsafe at Any Speed (1965)
  • ARPAnet (Earliest Internet) Formed (1969)
  • Wage and Price Controls (1971)
  • Arab Oil Embargo (1973)
  • First Customer Scan of a Bar Code (1974)
  • The Year of the PC (1977)
  • Three Mile Island Nuclear Failure (1979)
  • IBM Personal Computer (1982)
  • FCC Approves Advanced Mobile Phone System (1G) (1982)
  • Deindustrialization of America—General Tire Akron Closes (1982)
  • CD-ROM (1985)
  • Savings and Loan Crisis (1986)
  • W. Edwards Deming Publishes Out of the Crisis (1986)
  • Amazon.com (1994)
  • Bill Gates Internet Memo (1995)
  • Google Incorporated (1998)
  • First 3G Networks and the Smartphone (2003)
  • RFID at Wal-Mart (2005)
  • Banking Crisis and Great Recession (2008)
  • General Motors Bankruptcy (2009)
  • Appendix: Primary Documents
  • THE PETITION TO PARLIAMENT FROM CA. 1750 ON REPEAL OF THE IRON PROHIBITION ACT OF 1750
  • THE PATENT ACT OF 1790
  • REPORT ON MANUFACTURING (1791)
  • EMBARGO ACT OF 1807
  • PACIFIC RAILWAY ACT OF 1862
  • SHERMAN ANTI-TRUST ACT (1890)
  • MCKINLEY TARIFF ACT OF 1890
  • PANAMA CANAL TREATY (1903)
  • FEDERAL RESERVE ACT (1913)
  • REVENUE ACT OF 1913
  • CLAYTON ANTI-TRUST ACT (1914)
  • BOULDER CANYON PROJECT ACT (HOOVER DAM) (1928)
  • SOCIAL SECURITY ACT (1935)
  • NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT OF 1935
  • GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TARIFFS AND TRADE (GATT) (1947)
  • ATOMS FOR PEACE (1953)
  • FEDERAL AID HIGHWAY ACT OF 1956
  • Bibliography