The cultural origins of the concept of the self-made entrepreneur

Few things as American as the celebration of the “self-made entrepreneur.” Thousands of books and articles have been written about this and there’s a constant call in American society for everyone to become a successful self-made entrepreneur. Where did this idea come from? How has it evolve? Have Americans always thought this way? Pamela Walker Laird, the author of Pull, a book on this subject and several other important works offers an explanation in the video below.



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A basic bibliography and other resources on the history of the “self-made”entrepreneur

Hébert, Robert and Albert N. Link (2009), A History of Entrepreneurship. New York: Routledge.

Laird, Pamela Walker (2007), Pull: Networking and Success Since Benjamin Franklin.
Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Miller, Brian and Mike Lapham (2012), The Self-Made Myth: And the Truth About How
Government Helps Individuals and Businesses Succeed. San Francisco: BK Books.