A Nation of Counterfeiters: Capitalists, Con Men, and the Making of the United States

A Nation of Counterfeiters: Capitalists, Con Men, and the Making of the United States

by Stephen Mihm
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674026578

ISBN-13: 9780674026575

Pub. Date: 09/15/2007

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Few of us Question the slips of green paper that come and go in our purses, pockets, and wallets. Yet confidence in the money supply is a recent phenomenon: prior to the Civil War, the United States did not have a single, national currency. Instead, countless banks issued paper money in a bewildering variety of denominations and designs-more than ten thousand…  See more details below

Overview

Few of us Question the slips of green paper that come and go in our purses, pockets, and wallets. Yet confidence in the money supply is a recent phenomenon: prior to the Civil War, the United States did not have a single, national currency. Instead, countless banks issued paper money in a bewildering variety of denominations and designs-more than ten thousand different kinds by 1860. Counterfeiters flourished amid this anarchy, putting vast quantities of bogus bills into circulation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674026575
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
09/15/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Confidence and the Currency 1

1 Bordering on Alchemy 20

2 Cogniac Street Capitalism 63

3 The Bank Wars 103

4 The Western Bankers 157

5 Passing and Detecting 209

6 Ghosts in the Machine 260

7 Banking on the Nation 305

Epilogue: Confidence in the Country 360

Abbreviations 377

Notes 379

A Note on Sources 428

Acknowledgments 436

Index 443

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