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

Presented by Massachusetts Historical Society at Online/Virtual Space

Dec 07 2020
Bank Notes and Shinplasters: The Rage for Paper Money in the Early Republic

Before Civil War greenbacks and a national bank network established a uniform federal currency in the United States, loosely regulated banks saturated the early American republic with upwards of 10,000 unique and legal bank notes. Joshua R. Greenberg shows how ordinary Americans accumulated and wielded the financial knowledge required to navigate interpersonal bank note transactions and argues that the shift from state-regulated banks and private shinplaster producers to federally authorized

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