The Money Men: Capitalism, Democracy, and the Hundred Years' War Over the American Dollar
Most Americans are familiar with the political history of the United States, but there is another history woven all through it, a largely forgotten history—the story of the money men. Acclaimed historian H. W. Brands brings them back to life: J. P. Morgan, who stabilized a foundering U.S. Treasury in 1907; Alexander Hamilton, who founded the first national bank, and Nicholas Biddle, under whose directorship it failed; Jay Cooke, who helped to finance the Union war effort through his then-innovative strategy of selling bonds to ordinary Americans; and Jay Gould, who tried to corner the market on gold in 1869 and as a result brought about Black Friday and fled for his life.
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market in gold and nearly. Astor , John Jacob , 69 Australia , 100 abolitionists ,
101 Adams , Charles Francis , Jr. , 137-38 Adams , Henry , 166-67 Adams , John
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... see gold standard silver's ratio to , 168 , 175 , 181 trade and , 138 , 140 , 141–
42 , 144 , 148 trading of greenbacks and , 139–40 , 141 Treasury Department's
gold reserve crisis and , 175-80 gold ( continued ) Treasury Department's sale of
... War , 26 , 112 sought by farmers , 32 War of 1812 and , 65–66 world gold
supply and , 185 interest on public debt , 40 interest rates , 93 Federal Reserve
Board's control of , 201 , 203-4 interest rates ( continued ) fiat money and , 63
... 166 trust companies , 188-92 trusts : “ money , ” 194 , 195 oil , 193 railroad ,
165–66 , 186–87 steel , 186 , 187 , 192-93 , 200 tariffs ( continued )
congressional power over , 35 , 204 states barred from levying of , 44 U.S.
businesses protected ...
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Shines a clear light on the people behind the war between capitalism and the populists. Made me appreciate Hamilton. Read full review
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A lively and accessible history of a once-dominant issue in American life.The Federal Reserve Act of 1913, which governs US monetary policy, was a compromise solution to a long and fierce brawl ... Read full review
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