The Antebellum Tariff on Cotton Textiles Revisited

  title={The Antebellum Tariff on Cotton Textiles Revisited},
  author={D. Irwin and P. Temin},
  journal={MIT Economics Department Working Paper Series},
  • D. Irwin, P. Temin
  • Published 2000
  • Business, Economics
  • MIT Economics Department Working Paper Series
Recent research has suggested that the antebellum U.S. cotton textile industry would have been wiped out had it not received tariff protection. We reaffirm Taussig's judgment that the U.S. cotton textile industry was largely independent of the tariff by the 1830s. American and British producers specialized in quite different types of textile products that were poor substitutes for one another. The Walker tariff of 1846, for example, reduced the duties on cotton textiles from nearly 70 percent… Expand
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