Republic of Debtors: Bankruptcy in the Age of American Independence

Republic of Debtors: Bankruptcy in the Age of American Independence

by Bruce H. Mann
     
 

Debt was an inescapable fact of life in early America. At the beginning of the eighteenth century, its sinfulness was preached by ministers and the right to imprison debtors was unquestioned. By 1800, imprisonment for debt was under attack and insolvency was no longer seen as a moral failure, merely an economic setback. In Republic of Debtors, Bruce H. MannSee more details below

Overview

Debt was an inescapable fact of life in early America. At the beginning of the eighteenth century, its sinfulness was preached by ministers and the right to imprison debtors was unquestioned. By 1800, imprisonment for debt was under attack and insolvency was no longer seen as a moral failure, merely an economic setback. In Republic of Debtors, Bruce H. Mann illuminates this crucial transformation in early American society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674032415
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
358
Sales rank:
1,235,814
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.80(h) x 3.00(d)

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • 1. Debtors and Creditors
  • 2. The Law of Failure
  • 3. Imprisoned Debtors in the Early Republic
  • 4. The Imagery of Insolvency
  • 5. A Shadow Republic
  • 6. The Politics of Insolvency
  • 7. The Faces of Bankruptcy
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Index

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