Bank Notes and Shinplasters

Bank Notes and Shinplasters
The Rage for Paper Money in the Early Republic

Joshua R. Greenberg

264 pages | 6 x 9 | 28 illus.
Cloth Jun 2020 | ISBN 9780812252248 | $34.95a | Outside the Americas £28.99
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A volume in the series American Business, Politics, and Society

"Prior to the Civil War, thousands of different, ornately engraved bank notes supplied most of the money in circulation. In marvelous detail, Joshua R. Greenberg takes us back to the anxieties of that era. He deftly examines how every single cash transaction was shot through with uncertainty and arbitrage, as ordinary citizens struggled with the perils of counterfeit notes, fluctuating exchange rates, and worthless paper. In his revealing reconstruction of a monetary world long lost to us, Greenberg ultimately explains how these mundane exchanges shaped the seismic political events of the day, from the Bank War to the Civil War. A splendid book."—Stephen Mihm, author of A Nation of Counterfeiters

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