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Face Value: The Entwined Histories of Money and Race in America

Michael O'Malley


From colonial history to the present, Americans have passionately, even violently, debated the nature and the character of money. They have painted it and sung songs about it, organized political parties around it, and imprinted it with the name of God—all the while wondering: Is money a symbol of the value of human work and creativity, or a symbol of some natural, intrinsic value? This book provides a history and analysis of American thinking about money and the ways that this ambivalence unexpectedly intertwines with race. Like race, money is bound up in questions of identity and worth, each ... More

Keywords: money, work, creativity, value, race, identity, cultural history, authenticity, difference

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226629377
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226629391.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael O'Malley, author