The Jacksonian Economy

Project 2001: Significant Works in Economic History Peter Temin, The Jacksonian Economy. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1969. 208 pp. Review Essay by Richard Sylla, Department of Economics, Stern School of Business, New York University. Jackson and Biddle Exonerated? Peter Temin’s The Jacksonian Economy represented a major triumph of cliometrics in the heady early […]

Ages of American Capitalism: A History of the United States

Published by EH.Net (August 2022). Jonathan Levy. Ages of American Capitalism: A History of the United States. New York: Penguin Random House, 2021. xxviii + 908 pp. $40 (hardback), ISBN 978-0812995015. Reviewed for EH.Net by Stephen W. Campbell, Department of History, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.   In this highly ambitious work, historian Jonathan Levy […]

The Panic of 1819: The First Great Depression

Published by EH.Net (January 2020) Andrew H. Browning, The Panic of 1819: The First Great Depression. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2019. x + 439 pp. $45 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-0-8262-2183-4. Reviewed for EH.Net by Clyde A. Haulman, Department of Economics, College of William and Mary.   Andrew H. Browning chronicles the events and unfolds […]

Antebellum Banking in the United States

Howard Bodenhorn, Lafayette College The first legitimate commercial bank in the United States was the Bank of North America founded in 1781. Encouraged by Alexander Hamilton, Robert Morris persuaded the Continental Congress to charter the bank, which loaned to the cash-strapped Revolutionary government as well as private citizens, mostly Philadelphia merchants. The possibilities of commercial […]

History of Property Taxes in the United States

Glenn W. Fisher, Wichita State University (Emeritus) Taxes based on ownership of property were used in ancient times, but the modern tax has roots in feudal obligations owned to British and European kings or landlords. In the fourteenth and fifteenth century, British tax assessors used ownership or occupancy of property to estimate a taxpayer’s ability […]

Antebellum Banking in the United States

Howard Bodenhorn, Lafayette College The first legitimate commercial bank in the United States was the Bank of North America founded in 1781. Encouraged by Alexander Hamilton, Robert Morris persuaded the Continental Congress to charter the bank, which loaned to the cash-strapped Revolutionary government as well as private citizens, mostly Philadelphia merchants. The possibilities of commercial […]

Understanding Long-Run Economic Growth: Geography, Institutions, and the Knowledge Economy

Published by EH.Net (August 2013) Dora L. Costa and Naomi R. Lamoreaux, editors, Understanding Long-Run Economic Growth: Geography, Institutions, and the Knowledge Economy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011. x + 390 pp. $110 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-0-226-11634-1. Reviewed for EH.Net by Howard Bodenhorn, Department of Economics, Clemson University. Economic history lost one of its best […]

The Baltimore Bank Riot: Political Upheaval in Antebellum Maryland

Published by EH.NET (April 2010) Robert E. Shalhope, The Baltimore Bank Riot: Political Upheaval in Antebellum Maryland. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2009. x+ 196 pp. $50 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-0-252-03480-0. Reviewed for EH.NET by Howard Bodenhorn, Department of Economics, Clemson University. On March 24, 1834 the Bank of Maryland, the oldest chartered bank in […]

Virginia and the Panic of 1819: The First Great Depression and the Commonwealth

Published by EH.NET (June 2009) Clyde A. Haulman, Virginia and the Panic of 1819: The First Great Depression and the Commonwealth. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2008. xi + 197 pp. $99 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-1-85196-939-5. Reviewed for EH.NET by James Karmel, Department of History, Harford Community College. Clyde Haulman?s new book on the Panic of 1819 […]

A Nation of Counterfeiters: Capitalists, Con Men, and the Making of the United States

Published by EH.NET (January 2008) Stephen Mihm, A Nation of Counterfeiters: Capitalists, Con Men, and the Making of the United States. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007. ix + 457 pp. $30 (cloth), ISBN: 978-0-674-02657-5. Reviewed for EH.NET by Jane Knodell, Department of Economics, University of Vermont. Stephen Mihm, Assistant Professor of History at the […]