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Sovereign of the Market: The Money Question in Early America

Jeffrey Sklansky


What should serve as money, who should control its creation and circulation, and according to what rules? For more than two hundred years, the “money question” shaped American social thought. This book explores how and why the means of payment became a central subject of political debate and class conflict over market relations in early America. The book comprises three parts devoted to major episodes in the career of the money question. Part I focuses on the political economy of paper money in colonial New England, Part II turns to the battle over commercial banking in the new United States, ... More

Keywords: capitalism, money, currency, banking, political economy, class, circulation, representation, association, market, money question

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226480336
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226480473.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Sklansky, author
University of Illinois at Chicago

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Front Matter

Part One Paper Money and the Problem of Circulation in the Colonial Era

Part Two Commercial Banking and the Problem of Representation in the Jacksonian Era

Part Three Big Business and the Problem of Association in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

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