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Founding Finance By William Hogeland

Founding Finance by William Hogeland

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Offers a perspective on America's economic infancy: foreclosure crises that make to look mild; investment bubbles in land and securities that drove rich men to high-risk borrowing and mad displays of ostentation before dropping them into debtors' prisons; and depressions longer and deeper than the great one of the twentieth century.

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Founding Finance: How Debt, Speculation, Foreclosures, Protests, and Crackdowns Made Us a Nation by William Hogeland

Recent movements such as the Tea Party and anti-tax constitutional conservatism lay claim to the finance and taxation ideas of America's founders, but how much do we really know about the dramatic clashes over finance and economics that marked the founding of America? Dissenting from both right-wing claims and certain liberal preconceptions, Founding Finance brings to life the violent conflicts over economics, class, and finance that played directly, and in many ways ironically, into the hardball politics of forming the nation and ratifying the Constitution-conflicts that still continue to affect our politics, legislation, and debate today.

Mixing lively narrative with fresh views of America's founders, William Hogeland offers a new perspective on America's economic infancy: foreclosure crises that make our current one look mild; investment bubbles in land and securities that drove rich men to high-risk borrowing and mad displays of ostentation before dropping them into debtors' prisons; depressions longer and deeper than the great one of the twentieth century; crony mercantilism, war profiteering, and government corruption that undermine any nostalgia for a virtuous early republic; and predatory lending of scarce cash at exorbitant, unregulated rates, which forced people into bankruptcy, landlessness, and working in the factories and on the commercial farms of their creditors. This story exposes and corrects a perpetual historical denial-by movements across the political spectrum-of America's all-important founding economic clashes, a denial that weakens and cheapens public discourse on American finance just when we need it most.

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Mixing lively narrative with fresh views of America's founders, in Founding Finance, William Hogeland offers a new perspective on America's economic infancy. * McCormick Messenger *

About William Hogeland

William Hogeland writes and speaks on startling connections between American history and today's political and cultural struggles. He is the author of the critically acclaimed narrative histories Declaration and The Whiskey Rebellion, as well as a collection of essays, Inventing American History. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Atlantic, American History Magazine, Boston Review, Salon, Huffington Post, and elsewhere. He has also appeared on CBS's Good Morning, America, PBS's History Detectives, and C-SPAN's Book TV.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One. The Founders, Finance, and Us (2012)
  • Chapter Two. Regulate, Riot, Occupy (1765 1771)
  • Chapter Three. Two Revolutions? (1771 1776)
  • Chapter Four. Conceived in War Debt (1776 1783)
  • Chapter Five. History on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1913 2012)
  • Chapter Six. An Existential Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States (1784 1789)
  • Chapter Seven. It's Hamilton's World . . . We Just Live In It (1790 1791)
  • Chapter Eight. Crackdown and Lockup: Cincinnatus, the Whiskey Rebels, and the End of Thomas Paine (1792 )
  • Chapter Nine. Gather Your Armies (2012)
  • Acknowledgments
  • References

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NPB9780292757530
9780292757530
0292757530
Founding Finance: How Debt, Speculation, Foreclosures, Protests, and Crackdowns Made Us a Nation by William Hogeland
New
Paperback
University of Texas Press
20140215
284
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