‘THE NEWS FLEW LIKE LIGHTNING’

@article{Lepler2012THENF,
  title={‘THE NEWS FLEW LIKE LIGHTNING’},
  author={Jessica M. Lepler},
  journal={Journal of Cultural Economy},
  year={2012},
  volume={5},
  pages={179 - 195}
}
  • Jessica M. Lepler
  • Published 2012
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Cultural Economy
  • In March 1837, two ink-stained pages of processed cotton rags spread panic when they informed New Yorkers of the failure of several of the largest cotton factors in New Orleans. This article traces the pathways of these pieces of paper, the people who chose to send them, and the confidence-diminishing words they contained. The story of the spread of panic in the United States of America in 1837 provides a case study of how the cultural forces of confidence and communication contribute to… CONTINUE READING

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