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Wampum and the origins of American money

Author: Marc Shell; American Numismatic Society.
Publisher: Urbana, IL : University of Illinois Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Wampum has become a synonym for money, and it is widely assumed that it served the same purposes as money among the Native Algonquians even after coming into contact with European colonists' money. But to equate wampum with money only matches one slippery term with another, as money itself was quite ill-defined in North America for decades during its colonization. Fledgling colonial currencies assimilated much more  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marc Shell; American Numismatic Society.
ISBN: 9780252033667 0252033663
OCLC Number: 859244039
Description: 138 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction : why wampum? --
Money and language --
Foreign legal tender --
Translation and conversion --
Coins on paper --
What is wampum? --
Indian giving and Willie Wampum --
Money writing --
Civilization --
Wall Street and democracy --
What happened to wampum.
Responsibility: Marc Shell.

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Reveals wampum's undeniable influence on the cultural, political, and economic foundations of North America.  Read more...

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"Not only does this book illuminate an interesting and little-discussed corner of American cultural history--the history and cultural significance of currency--but it does so in an open and engaging Read more...

 
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