Trading Freedom: How Trade with China Defined Early America

Trading Freedom: How Trade with China Defined Early America


On left, an image of Dael Norwood. On right, the book cover of "Trading Freedom."On Thursday, November 3, University of Delaware professor Dr. Dael Norwood will join LancasterHistory for a lecture on his latest publication, Trading Freedom: How Trade with China Defined Early America.

While the United States has certainly been shaped economically by Europe and Africa through trans-Atlantic trade, the United States has also been monetarily, politically, and psychologically intertwined with China. Trade with China from the late 18th century onward, including agreements put in place by James Buchanan, influenced the formation of America’s self-definition as a capitalist nation. Dr. Dael Norwood will examine how debates over political economy and trade policy, the building of the transcontinental railroad, and even the looming sectional struggle over slavery were all influenced by Sino-American relations.

Dael A. Norwood, Ph.D. is a historian of 19th-century America specializing in the global dimensions of U.S. politics and economics. He earned his doctorate at Princeton University in 2012, and is an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Delaware. Most recently, he is the author of Trading Freedom: How Trade with China Defined Early America (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2022).


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November 3, 2022 At LancasterHistory & Online Doors Open 6:30pm | Lecture Begins at 7pm FREE | Advance Registration Required!