New York: George W. And First editionJohn A. Wood, 1860. First Edition. Octavo. Item #028784
173 pages. (16) pp. publisher's ads. Kettell was a Bostonian who wrote widely about free trade, slavery, and Southern economic life. He argued that a great deal of the nation's wealth came from the South; however, the government favored the Northern banking systems and markets; especially as the Northern controlled the cotton market. His book was viewed favorably both by secessionists and by those who favored making compromises to preserve the Union. His extensive use of statistics made this one of the most influential books used by both sides just before the coming of the Civil War. Bound in publisher's embossed brown cloth lettered in gilt, spine plain, some wear to spine ends, edge of upper board with a spot of fading. peach endpapers. From the library of R.W. Butterfield. A very nice clean copy.