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Securing the commonwealth : debt, speculation, and writing in the making of early America

Author: Jennifer J Baker
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Securing the Commonwealth examines how eighteenth-century American writers understood the highly speculative financial times in which they lived. Spanning a century of cultural and literary life, this study shows how the era's literature commonly depicted an American ethos of risk taking and borrowing as the peculiar product of New World daring and the exigencies of revolution and nation building." "Some of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer J Baker
ISBN: 0801879728 9780801879722
OCLC Number: 57434386
Description: x, 218 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1: New world ventures --
Crisis and faith in the Puritan Society --
Making much of nothing in the Chesapeake --
2: The price of independence --
Benjamin Franklin's projections --
Performing redemption on the national stage --
3: Bonds of the new nation --
Arthur Mervyn and the reader's investments --
The medium between calculation and feeling.
Responsibility: Jennifer J. Baker.
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Insecure times strengthened their conviction that writing could be publicly serviceable, persuading readers to invest in their government, in their fellow Americans, and in the idea of America itself.

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A thought-provoking gem of a book... All historians and literary critics with an interest in eighteenth-century economic culture will want to read it. -- Toby L. Ditz William and Mary Quarterly 2006 Read more...

 
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