1. The money debate and American political development; 2. Party politics and the financial debate, 1865-1896; 3. Greenbacks versus gold: the contest over finance in the 1870s; 4. The 'people's money': Greenbackism in North Carolina, Illinois and Massachusetts; 5. The battle of the standards: the financial debate of the 1890s; 6. Populism and the politics of finance in North Carolina, Illinois and Massachusetts in the 1890s; 7. Money, history, and American political development; Appendix A. Financial terms of the 1870s and 1890s; Appendix B. Major banking and currency legislation, 1860-1900; Appendix C. An antimonopolist reading of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Goldbugs and Greenbacks: The Antimonopoly Tradition and the Politics of Finance in America, 1865-1896by Gretchen Ritter
Pub. Date: 04/28/2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
In the late nineteenth century, there was a popular and heated debate over what sort of financial system America should have. Behind the discussions over gold versus silver and state versus national banks was a broader dialogue about sectionalism, class relations, and the future course of the American economy and democracy. Professor Ritter contends that there was a distinctive and neglected political tradition in the United Statesthe antimonopoly traditionwhich was championed by nearly every major agricultural and labor group during the period from the Civil War until 1900.
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