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Preface xi Introduction 1 1. Small Business before 1880 11 2. Small Business in the Age of Giant Enterprise, 1880-1920 43 3. Industrial Districts and Stand-Alone Companies 81 4. Small Business in Boom and Bust, 1921-1945 91 5. Specialty Products and Niche Markets 119 6. Small Business in an Expanding Economy, 1946-1971 131 7. Small Firms in the Silicon Valley 157 8. Small Business in Modern America, 1972-2000 165 9. Independent Bookstores in a Time of Consolidation 183 Conclusion 199 Index 205Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Small business United States History, Small business Government policy United States History