Is the legacy of the American Fur Company and of the fur trade a positive legacy or a predominantly negative impact; how has it affected capitalism? I read the story "The American Fur Company." On balance is the legacy of the American Fur Company and of the fur trade itself a positive legacy or is the impact predominantly negative; and how does it hint at how and why capitalism has changed and has been changed over the years?

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There are several approaches one can take with such a question.  On one hand, Astor's initiative represents the idea of a self made capitalist enterprise.  From nearly nothing of value, the success does represent a success of the free enterprise market.  Astor saw something, a need in the...

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