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Cathy Matson

Cathy Matson

Cathy Matson teaches courses in the early modern Atlantic World, colonial America, Revolutionary America, and material life in early America.  She is currently completing a study of Philadelphia's Revolutionary and early national economic culture and material networks with the Atlantic world down to 1815.  A second long-term project compares the regional economies of New York City and Philadelphia from roughly 1720 to 1820. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1985. Publications include A Union of Interests (1990; repr. Ppb. 1997); Merchants and Empire (1998; Ppb. 2002; repr. 2007); The American Experiment (2001; 2nd ed., 2005; 3rd ed. 2008), and numerous articles on American economic culture and political economy.  Dr. Matson is also the director of the Program in Early American Economy and Society at the Library Company in Philadelphia.