Susan Gaunt Stearns, Northwestern University | Newberry

Susan Gaunt Stearns, Northwestern University

Friday, January 16, 2015

3pm - 5pm

B-82

Center for American History and Culture Programs
History of Capitalism Seminar

“Adventurers in Western Lands”
Susan Gaunt Stearns, Northwestern University

In the early republic, land speculation was at the heart of the nation’s political economy as individuals, land companies, and even the state and federal governments hoped to prosper off of the nation’s wealth of supposedly “vacant” land. For centuries, land was regarded as the safest and surest means of acquiring and demonstrating wealth, but as the market boomed and busted in the early republic, land speculation came to be viewed as increasingly suspect way of making a living. This paper explores the relationship between land, land speculation, and the rise of capitalism during the nation’s founding.

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