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The Many Panics of 1837
People, Politics, and the Creation of a Transatlantic Financial Crisis

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  • Date Published: September 2013
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107640863

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  • In the spring of 1837, people panicked as financial and economic uncertainty spread within and between New York, New Orleans, and London. Although the period of panic would dramatically influence political, cultural, and social history, those who panicked sought to erase from history their experiences of one of America's worst early financial crises. The Many Panics of 1837 reconstructs the period between March and May 1837 in order to make arguments about the national boundaries of history, the role of information in the economy, the personal and local nature of national and international events, the origins and dissemination of economic ideas, and most importantly, what actually happened in 1837. This riveting transatlantic cultural history, based on archival research on two continents, reveals how people transformed their experiences of financial crisis into the “Panic of 1837,” a single event that would serve as a turning point in American history and an early inspiration for business cycle theory.

    • A riveting transatlantic cultural history
    • Draws on archival research from two continents
    • Argues that culture plays a powerful role within capitalism
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    “Finally a historian who understands that panics were caused by people panicking. Like weather systems, economies present deep structural patterns and shifting intermediate forces, but for people in real time it was precipitating events that made the difference between great riches and financial ruin. This masterful telling of a complex tale – Dickensian in its intricacy – walks the reader through a series of moments in which individuals had no choice but to take a position that more often than not guaranteed the frightening outcome they sought to avoid. By rejecting the naturalization of economic theory, Jessica Lepler has vividly captured the world as it must have looked to the governors of the Bank of England, to the bill brokers and cotton factors of New Orleans, to Nicholas Biddle and poor old Philip Hone. The brutal market ‘corrections’ of 1837 (and after) stood as the defining events of the lives of this generation of Americans.” – John Lauritz Larson, Purdue University

    “In this compelling and moving account Jessica Lepler shows us how a bank war could undermine British faith in American borrowers and cause a cascade of doubts about America’s future. The chain of debt is the same as five years ago, although the vividly drawn cast of characters is radically different. Compulsively readable, this will change the way you think about the intimate relationship between slavery and capitalism.” – Scott Nelson, The College of William and Mary

    “The Many Panics of 1837 is a gripping narrative about what happened to disrupt financial markets and individual investors in 1837. But Lepler has also given us a theoretically deft account of how the history of this year has been written and why its many iterations matter. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in how we construct the past and how the past we construct shapes what we can know about the world we inhabit now.” – Mary Poovey, Samuel Rudin Professor in the Humanities, New York University

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    • Date Published: September 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107640863
    • length: 350 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the many panics of 1837
    1. A very gamblous affair
    2. The pressure of 1836
    3. Practical economists
    4. Mysterious whispers
    5. The many panics in 1837
    6. Parallel crises
    7. States of suspense
    Epilogue: panic-less panics of 1837.

  • Author

    Jessica M. Lepler, University of New Hampshire
    Jessica M. Lepler is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire. The Society of American Historians awarded her Brandeis University doctoral dissertation, '1837: Anatomy of a Panic', the 2008 Allan Nevins Prize. She has been the recipient of a Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society, a Dissertation Fellowship from the Library Company of Philadelphia's Program in Early American Economy and Society, a John E. Rovensky Dissertation Fellowship in Business History and a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship from the US Department of Education.

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