author={Jessica M. Lepler},
  journal={Journal of Cultural Economy},
  pages={179 - 195}
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… 
This article demonstrates the value of a joint application of the theory and history of financial crises of 1873. It weaves together concepts of financial and banking panic theory with a narrative
Geographies of finance I
At a time of ongoing crisis and transformation in financial relations, structures and processes, it would be all too easy to limit our geographical explorations of finance to the narrow temporal
The Invisible Hand of the Literary Market: Authorial Self-Fashioning in Grant Thorburn and John Galt
The January 1833 issue of Fraser’s Magazine for Town and Country, features a detailed portrait of John Galt, standing in profile in front of a map of Canada and next to a bust of Byron, homages to


What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815–1848
The Oxford History of the United States is by far the most respected multi-volume history of our nation. In this prize-winning, critically acclaimed addition to the series, historian Daniel Walker
What Caused the Crisis of 1839?
The 1830s were a decade of enormous importance in American economic history. A disproportionate amount of attention has been paid to the Panic of 1837. The Crisis of 1839, however, led to four years
Partisans of the Southern Press: Editorial Spokesmen of the Nineteenth Century
Carl R. Osthaus examines the southern contribution to American Press history, from Thomas Ritchie's mastery of sectional politics and the "New Orleans Picayune"'s popular voice and use of local
The Jacksonian Economy.
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Richard Hofstadter, and other have maintained that Andrew Jackson set off a chain reaction when he vetoed the recharter of the Second Bank of the United States in 1832. This
Navigating Failure: Bankruptcy and Commercial Society in Antebellum America
Navigating Failure: Bankruptcy and Commercial Society in Antebellum America. By Edward J. Balleisen. (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2001. Pp. xv, 322. Illustrations, maps.
A Note on the Economic Consequences of the Second Bank of the United States
  • S. Engerman
  • Economics, History
    Journal of Political Economy
  • 1970
In a recent article and a subsequent monograph dealing with the Jacksonian era, Temin (1968, 1969) has brought into serious question the traditional interpretation of the effects upon the economy of
The Panic of 1857: Origins, Transmission, and Containment
We explain the origins of the Panic of 1857, examine its spread, and compare state banking systems's responses. We describe the decline in western land and railroad investments and the consequent
Born Losers: A History of Failure in America
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Banks and Politics in America from the Revolution to the Civil War
This is a book about politics and banks and history. Yet politicians who read it will see that the author is not a politician, bankers who read it will see that he is not a banker, and historians
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In this essay, I examine common scholarly characterizations of the U.S. penny press of the 1830s and 40s that together provide a myth of origins of the contemporary U.S. press. I criticize