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Founding finance : how debt, speculation, foreclosures, protests, and crackdowns made us a nation

Author: William Hogeland
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2012.
Series: Discovering America series, 5.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Recent movements such as the Tea Party and anti-tax "constitutional conservatism" lay claim to the finance and taxation ideas of America's founders, but how much do we really know about the dramatic clashes over finance and economics that marked the founding of America? Dissenting from both right-wing claims and certain liberal preconceptions, Founding Finance brings to life the violent conflicts over economics,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Hogeland
ISBN: 9780292743618 0292743610 9780292757530 0292757530
OCLC Number: 783173222
Description: viii, 274 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The founders, finance, and us (2012) --
Riot, regulate, occupy (1765-1771) --
Two revolutions? (1771-1776) --
Conceived in war debt (1776-1783) --
History on the verge of a nervous breakdown (1913-2012) --
An existential interpretation of the constitution of the United States (1783-1789) --
It's Hamilton's America --
: we just live in it (1789-1791) --
Crackdown and lockup : Cincinnatus, the whiskey rebels, and the end of Thomas Paine (1791- ) --
Gather your armies.
Series Title: Discovering America series, 5.
Responsibility: William Hogeland.

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Refuting claims from both the political right and left, this dynamic narrative history brings to life the long-forgotten founding struggles over American finance, economics, and taxes and reveals  Read more...

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"For William Hogeland, thinking about history is an act of moral inquiry and high citizenship. A searching and original voice." Rick Perlstein author of Nixonland "Hogeland unravels complex economic Read more...

 
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