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Bankrupt in AmericaA History of Debtors, Their Creditors, and the Law in the Twentieth Century$
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Mary Eschelbach Hansen and Bradley A. Hansen

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226679563

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226679730.001.0001

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Personal Bankruptcy after World War II

Personal Bankruptcy after World War II

(p.81) Chapter Four Personal Bankruptcy after World War II
Bankrupt in America

Mary Eschelbach Hansen

Bradley A. Hansen

University of Chicago Press

The bankruptcy rate was very low during World War II, but it increased quickly after the war ended. As growth in consumer credit returned to its pre-Depression trend, so did growth in the personal bankruptcy rate. Bankruptcy grew everywhere, but it rocketed past its previous peak in states with pro-creditor garnishment. Although personal bankruptcy increased, few cases were filed under Chapter XIII. Demand by debtors for Chapter XIII probably was not as great as its Depression-era advocates imagined it to be. People rarely used the procedure for spreading payments over time except in places where bankruptcy referees pushed it.

Keywords:   consumer credit, garnishment, Chapter XIII, Bankruptcy referees, Stigma

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