A Financial History of the United States, 1st Edition

  • Jerry W. Markham
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  • ISBN-10: 0765617366
  • ISBN-13: 9780765617361
  • Grade Level Range: 11th Grade - College Senior
  • 1300 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2002 | Published/Released October 2005
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2002

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Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2002

The first comprehensive financial history of the United States in more than thirty years. Accessible to undergraduate level readers, it focuses on the growth and expansion of banking, securities, and insurance from the colonial period right up to the incredible growth of the stock market during the 1990s and the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001. The author traces the origins of American finance to the older societies of Europe and Northern Africa, and shows how English merchants transferred their financial systems to America. He explains how financial matters dominated the founding and development of the colonies, and how financial concerns incited the Revolution. And he shows how the Civil War began the transformation of America from a small economy largely dependent on foreign capital into a complex capitalist society. From the Civil War, the nation's financial history breaks down into periods of frenzied speculation, quiet growth, periodic panics, and furious periods of expansion, right up through the incredible growth of the stock market during the 1990s.

Originally published in print format in 2002.

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Table of Contents

Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Illustrations.
1: In the Beginning.
2: The Antecedents: World Trade Before the Discovery of America.
3: The Colonization of America.
4: Commerce with the Colonies.
5: Trade and Money.
6: Revolutionary Finance.
7: A Nation Is Born.
8: Independence.
9: The Development of Corporations.
10: The Rise of the American Stock Market.
11: The Bank of the United States.
12: Finance Before the Civil War.
13: The Bank Fight.
14: Stock Exchanges and Railroads.
15: The State Banks.
16: Insurance in America.
17: The Panic of 1857.
18: The Civil War and Speculation.
19: Union Finance.
20: Confederate Finance.
21: Wartime Speculation.
22: The Robber Barons.
23: Commodity Markets and the Gold Corner.
24: The Panics.
25: Financial Growth and the Panic of 1873.
26: The Panic of 1884.
27: Commodity Markets and Bucket Shops.
28: Investment Trusts and the Panic of 1893.
29: Money and Wealth.
30: Monetary Issues.
31: The Gilded Age.
32: Money, Banks, and Trust Companies.
Selected Bibliography.