Historian Jocelyn Wills offers a business and entrepreneurial study of the Twin Cities during its early years, with particular focus on the individuals who took chances on and promoted the Cities' development. Boosters, Hustlers, and Speculators shares the successes and failures of a host of colorful characters who saw in the Twin Cities opportunities for financial gain and regional fame: early fur trader Norman Kittson, who built a lucrative trading network reaching to the Red River Valley; speculator Franklin Steele, who over-reached at the Falls of St. Anthony and was virtually bankrupt after the panic of 1857; milling visionary William D. Washburn, whose confident investments catapulted Minneapolis's milling district to international renown; railroad magnate James J. Hill, whose calculated business decisions helped him realize his dream of building a rail line to the Pacific. Most arrived with limited means, and only some managed to realize their dreams, but all contributed to the development of Minneapolis and St. Paul as the region's leading manufacturing, banking, and transportation center. This exhaustively researched book provides a firm foundation for understanding the role the Twin Cities have played in the development of the region and the nation from their earliest days.
Author: Jocelyn Wills
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
Binding Type: Hardcover
Size: 9.12h x 6.36w x 1.08d
Choice 05/01/2005 pg. 1641
About the Author
Jocelyn Wills is an assistant professor of history at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and her B.A. from the University of British Columbia. Her work has appeared in Essays in Economic and Business History, Journal of Social History and Journal of the West.