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Banking and finance to 1913
Schweikart, Larry.
Publication Information:
New York : Facts on File, 1990.
Physical Description:
xxxi, 528 pages ; 29 cm.
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"A Bruccoli Clark Layman book."
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HG2461 .B33 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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The banking and finance industry is probably the most mysterious, and certainly the most criticized, area of economic endeavor. Several of the most heated political campaigns in US history revolved around the attempt to control the abuses of the "money changers." To the further credit of the "Encyclopedia of American Business History" (EABH) series, much of the fog preventing a better understanding of early banking and finance has been lifted with the appearance of this volume. Providing a lucid introduction, more than 100 lively entries on the people, institutions, laws, movements, and systems of banking and finance, and a useful index, the contributors and editor make a substantial contribution toward an understanding of the banking and finance industry before WW I. Coverage in this volume of the EABH, however, is not quite so complete as in earlier volumes. For instance, there is no discussion of the financing and banking ventures behind the Boston Associates and the crucial development of the textile industry. There are also omissions from some entries--the description of the Populists mentions greenbacks, but not the Subtreasury, as elaborated on at length in the work of Lawrence Goodwyn. Likewise, the entry on the Federal Reserve Act omits citing the important new work of James Livingston. Still, this is an important and highly useful addition to the EABH series. -K. Fones-Wolf, West Virginia University