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The Engine of Enterprise

Credit in America

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$46.50 • £37.95 • €42.00

ISBN 9780674051140

Publication Date: 02/15/2016


312 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

10 halftones, 5 tables


  • Introduction
  • 1. “The Sound of Your Hammer”: The Foundations of Credit in the New Republic
  • 2. “To Be a Bankrupt Is Nothing”: Credit, Enterprise, and Risk in the Antebellum Era
  • 3. “There Is Considerable Friction”: Credit in the Reconstructed Nation
  • 4. “To Open Up Mass Markets”: A Nation of Consumers and Home Owners
  • 5. “Children, Dogs, Cats, and Moose Are Getting Credit Cards”: The Erosion of Credit Standards
  • Postscript: Creative and Destructive Credit
  • Appendix: An Explanation of Terms
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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