9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Few political issues inspired such intense debate among eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Americans as what should serve as money, who should control its creation and circulation, and according to what rules. As the monetary historian Glyn Davies has observed, “in no other country in the history of the world has the subject of money and banking given rise to such long-sustained, deep-rooted, widespread, acrimonious, publicly debated and eagerly reported controversy as in America.” This seminar explores why questions of currency and banking became the subject of protracted conflict, how many Americans made personal and political sense of these issues, how the terms and parameters of debate changed from 1700 to 1900, and why the “money question” (though surely not concerns about money) receded from public discussion along with the “labor question” to which it was closely tied.
Seminar led by Jeffrey Sklansky, University of Illinois at Chicago
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