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A Nation Of Deadbeats by Scott Reynolds Nelson

Title A Nation of Deadbeats
Author Scott Reynolds Nelson
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2013
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 330
ISBN 9780307474322
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

" The story of America is a story of dreamers and defaulters. It is also a story of dramatic financial panics that defined the nation, created its political parties, and forced tens of thousands to escape their creditors to new towns in Texas, Florida, and California. As far back as 1792, these panics boiled down to one simple question- Would Americans pay their debts—or were we just a nation of deadbeats? From the merchant William Duer’s attempts to speculate on post–Revolutionary War debt, to an ill-conceived 1815 plan to sell English coats to Americans on credit, to the debt-fueled railroad expansion that precipitated the Panic of 1857, Scott Reynolds Nelson offers a crash course in America’s worst financial disasters—and a concise explanation of the first principles that caused them all. Nelson shows how consumer debt, both at the highest levels of finance and in the everyday lives of citizens, has time and again left us unable to make good.The problem always starts withthe chain of banks, brokers, moneylenders, and insurance companies that separate borrowers and lenders. &

A Nation Of Deadbeats by Scott Reynolds Nelson

Title A Nation of Deadbeats
Author Scott Reynolds Nelson
Publisher Alfred a Knopf Incorporated
Release Date 2012
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 330
ISBN 9780307272690
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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A history of financial crashes in the United States offers concise explanations of little-understood principles about consumer debt that were at the core of each recession, recounting lending practices and schemes that triggered large-scale crashes and controversies.

A Nation Of Deadbeats by Scott Reynolds Nelson

Title A Nation of Deadbeats
Author Scott Reynolds Nelson
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2012-09-04
Category History
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9780307961051
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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The story of America is a story of dreamers and defaulters. It is also a story of dramatic financial panics that defined the nation, created its political parties, and forced tens of thousands to escape their creditors to new towns in Texas, Florida, and California. As far back as 1792, these panics boiled down to one simple question: Would Americans pay their debts—or were we just a nation of deadbeats? From the merchant William Duer’s attempts to speculate on post–Revolutionary War debt, to an ill-conceived 1815 plan to sell English coats to Americans on credit, to the debt-fueled railroad expansion that precipitated the Panic of 1857, Scott Reynolds Nelson offers a crash course in America’s worst financial disasters—and a concise explanation of the first principles that caused them all. Nelson shows how consumer debt, both at the highest levels of finance and in the everyday lives of citizens, has time and again left us unable to make good. The problem always starts with the chain of banks, brokers, moneylenders, and insurance companies that separate borrowers and lenders. At a certain point lenders cannot tell good loans from bad—and when chits are called in, lenders frantically try to unload the debts, hide from their own creditors, go into bankruptcy, and lobby state and federal institutions for relief. With a historian’s keen observations and a storyteller’s nose for character and incident, Nelson captures the entire sweep of America’s financial history in all its utter irrationality: national banks funded by smugglers; fistfights in Congress over the gold standard; and presidential campaigns forged in stinging controversies on the subject of private debt. A Nation of Deadbeats is a fresh, irreverent look at Americans’ addiction to debt and how it has made us what we are today.

A People At War by Scott Reynolds Nelson

Title A People at War
Author Scott Reynolds Nelson
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release Date 2007-04-16
Category History
Total Pages 384
ISBN 0199725977
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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Claiming more than 600,000 lives, the American Civil War had a devastating impact on countless numbers of common soldiers and civilians, even as it brought freedom to millions. This book shows how average Americans coped with despair as well as hope during this vast upheaval. A People at War brings to life the full humanity of the war's participants, from women behind their plows to their husbands in army camps; from refugees from slavery to their former masters; from Mayflower descendants to freshly recruited Irish sailors. We discover how people confronted their own feelings about the war itself, and how they coped with emotional challenges (uncertainty, exhaustion, fear, guilt, betrayal, grief) as well as physical ones (displacement, poverty, illness, disfigurement). The book explores the violence beyond the battlefield, illuminating the sharp-edged conflicts of neighbor against neighbor, whether in guerilla warfare or urban riots. The authors travel as far west as China and as far east as Europe, taking us inside soldiers' tents, prisoner-of-war camps, plantations, tenements, churches, Indian reservations, and even the cargo holds of ships. They stress the war years, but also cast an eye at the tumultuous decades that preceded and followed the battlefield confrontations. An engrossing account of ordinary people caught up in life-shattering circumstances, A People at War captures how the Civil War rocked the lives of rich and poor, black and white, parents and children--and how all these Americans pushed generals and presidents to make the conflict a people's war.

Iron Confederacies by Scott Reynolds Nelson

Title Iron Confederacies
Author Scott Reynolds Nelson
Publisher Univ of North Carolina Press
Release Date 2005-10-12
Category History
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9780807876107
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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During Reconstruction, an alliance of southern planters and northern capitalists rebuilt the southern railway system using remnants of the Confederate railroads that had been built and destroyed during the Civil War. In the process of linking Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia by rail, this alliance created one of the largest corporations in the world, engendered bitter political struggles, and transformed the South in lasting ways, says Scott Nelson. Iron Confederacies uses the history of southern railways to explore linkages among the themes of states' rights, racial violence, labor strife, and big business in the nineteenth-century South. By 1868, Ku Klux Klan leaders had begun mobilizing white resentment against rapid economic change by asserting that railroad consolidation led to political corruption and black economic success. As Nelson notes, some of the Klan's most violent activity was concentrated along the Richmond-Atlanta rail corridor. But conflicts over railroads were eventually resolved, he argues, in agreements between northern railroad barons and Klan leaders that allowed white terrorism against black voters while surrendering states' control over the southern economy.

Steel Drivin Man by Scott Reynolds Nelson

Title Steel Drivin Man
Author Scott Reynolds Nelson
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release Date 2008-08
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 214
ISBN 9780195341195
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The story of John Henry, the mighty railroad man who has become a towering figure in American culture, is told in this portrait of the most recorded folk song in American history.

The Great Exception by Jefferson Cowie

Title The Great Exception
Author Jefferson Cowie
Publisher Princeton University Press
Release Date 2017-04-18
Category History
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9780691175737
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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Where does the New Deal fit in the big picture of American history? What does it mean for us today? What happened to the economic equality it once engendered? In The Great Exception, Jefferson Cowie provides new answers to these important questions. In the period between the Great Depression and the 1970s, he argues, the United States government achieved a unique level of equality, using its considerable resources on behalf of working Americans in ways that it had not before and has not since. If there is to be a comparable battle for collective economic rights today, Cowie argues, it needs to build on an understanding of the unique political foundation for the New Deal. Anyone who wants to come to terms with the politics of inequality in the United States will need to read The Great Exception.

Title Credit Card Nation The Consequences Of America s Addiction To Credit
Author Robert C. Manning
Publisher
Release Date 2000-12-25
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 406
ISBN UCSC:32106016408491
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Examins the history, psychology, and sociology of the personal credit crunch in an analysis of a growing national problem.

Borrow by Louis Hyman

Title Borrow
Author Louis Hyman
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2012-01-24
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 200
ISBN 9780307744906
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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In this lively history of consumer debt in America, economic historian Louis Hyman demonstrates that today’s problems are not as new as we think. Borrow examines how the rise of consumer borrowing—virtually unknown before the twentieth century—has altered our culture and economy. Starting in the years before the Great Depression, increased access to money raised living standards but also introduced unforeseen risks. As lending grew more and more profitable, it displaced funds available for business borrowing, setting our economy on an unsustainable course. Told through the vivid stories of individuals and institutions affected by these changes, Borrow charts the collision of commerce and culture in twentieth-century America, giving an historical perspective on what is new—and what is not—in today’s economic turmoil. A Paperback Original

Historical Capitalism by Immanuel Wallerstein

Title Historical Capitalism
Author Immanuel Wallerstein
Publisher Verso Books
Release Date 2014-04-29
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 176
ISBN 9781844678358
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

A succinct introduction to the history of capitalism by the renowned political theorist. In this short, highly readable book, the master of world-systems theory provides a succinct anatomy of capitalism over the past five hundred years. Considering the way capitalism has changed and evolved over the centuries, and what has remained constant, he outlines its chief characteristics. In particular, he looks at the emergence and development of a world market, and of labor; in doing so, he argues that capitalism has brought about immiseration in the Global South. As long as they remain within a framework of world capitalism, Wallerstein concludes, the economic and social problems of developing countries will remain unresolved. Historical Capitalism, published here with its companion essay Capitalist Civilization, is a concise, compelling beginners’ guide to one of the most challenging and influential assessments of capitalism as a world-historic mode of production.