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Alexander Hamilton and the Origin of the Fed

Published by EH.Net (June 2020) Jack Rasmus, Alexander Hamilton and the Origin of the Fed. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2019. v + 139 pp. $85 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-1-4985-8284-1. Reviewed for EH.Net by David Cowen, Museum of American Finance.   In Alexander Hamilton and the Origins of the Fed, Jack Rasmus of St. Mary’s College traces […]

Alexander Hamilton on Finance, Credit, and Debt

Published by EH.Net (November 2018) Richard Sylla and David J. Cowen, Alexander Hamilton on Finance, Credit, and Debt. New York: Columbia University Press, 2018. xii + 346 pp. $30 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-0-231-18456-4. Reviewed for EH.Net by Peter McNamara, School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, Arizona State University.   “The effect of energy and […]

Jefferson’s Treasure: How Albert Gallatin Saved the New Nation from Debt

Published by EH.Net (November 2018) Gregory May, Jefferson’s Treasure: How Albert Gallatin Saved the New Nation from Debt. Washington, DC: Regnery History, 2018. xxxii + 512 pp. $35 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-1-62157-645-7. Reviewed for EH.Net by Robert E. Wright, Thomas Willing Institute, Augustana University.   International tax expert Gregory May’s entertainingly written birth-to-death biographical treatment of […]

Origins of Commercial Banking in the United States, 1781-1830

Robert E. Wright, University of Virginia Early U.S. commercial banks were for-profit business firms, usually structured as joint-stock companies. Many, but by no means all, obtained corporate charters from their respective state legislatures. Although politically controversial, commercial banks, the number and assets of which grew quickly after 1800, played a key role in early U.S. […]

The First Bank of the United States

David Cowen Birth of the Bank In February 1791, the First Bank of the United States (1791-1811) received a unique national charter for twenty years. Alexander Hamilton’s brainchild, a semi-public national bank, was a crucial component in the building of the early U.S. economy. The Bank prospered for twenty years and performed traditional banking functions […]

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A’Hearn, Brian Aaronson, Susan Ariel Abrahamson, Eric John Acs, Zoltan J. Adams, John Adams, Sean Patrick Adamson, Michael R. Adkins, Brian Aerts, Erik Afton, Bethanie Agnello, Richard Ahiakpor, James C.W. Aimaq, Jasmine Alborn, Timothy Aldrich, Mark Alexander, Nicholas Allen, Michael Allen, Samuel Allgoewer, Elisabeth Alston, Julian M. Alston, Lee J. Altman, Morris Amato, Anthony J. […]

Alexander Hamilton

Published by EH.NET (May 2005) ? Ron Chernow, Alexander Hamilton. New York: Penguin Press, 2004. xi + 819 pp. $35 (cloth), ISBN: 1-59420-009-2. Reviewed for EH.NET by Robert E. Wright, Stern School of Business, New York University. Dear Sir, Your letter of February 22nd covering Mr. Chernow’s recent biography of General Hamilton came to hand […]

A Financial History of the United States

Published by EH.NET (June 2002) ? Jerry W. Markham, A Financial History of the United States. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2002. Volume 1: xxii + 437 pp.; Volume 2: xx + 412 pp.; Volume 3: xx + 449 pp. $349.00 (cloth), ISBN: 0-7656-0730-1. Reviewed for EH.NET by Robert E. Wright. Former SEC attorney Jerry W. […]

The Origins of Commercial Banking in America, 1750-1800

Published by EH.NET (November 2001) Robert E. Wright, The Origins of Commercial Banking in America, 1750-1800. London and New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2001. xii + 219 pp. $65 (cloth), ISBN: 0-7425-2086-2; $24.95 (paperback), ISBN: 0-7425-2087-0. Reviewed for EH.NET by Edwin J. Perkins, Professor of History, emeritus, University of Southern California. Robert Wright has […]