A Nation of Counterfeiters: Capitalists, Con Men, and the Making of the United States
Publisher: Harvard University Press | ISBN: 0674026578 | edition 2007 | PDF | 472 pages | 1 mb
Few of us question the slips of green paper that come and go in our purses, pockets, and wallets. Yet confidence in the money supply is a recent phenomenon: prior to the Civil War, the United States did not have a single, national currency. Instead, countless banks issued paper money in a bewildering variety of denominations and designs–more than ten thousand different kinds by 1860. Counterfeiters flourished amid this anarchy, putting vast quantities of bogus bills into circulation.