The Power of the Purse: A History of American Public Finance, 1776-1790

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THE POWER OF THE PURSE
A HISTORY OF
AMERICAN PUBLIC FINANCE, 1776-1790

By E. James Ferguson

PUBLISHED FOR THE Institute of Early American History and Culture AT WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA By The University of North Carolina Press • Chapel Hill

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The Power of the Purse: A History of American Public Finance, 1776-1790
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • List of Tables xi
  • Introduction xiii
  • Part I - The Revolution 1
  • I - Currency Finance 3
  • 2 - Square Dollars 25
  • 3 - Return to the States 48
  • 4 - Mass Expropriation 57
  • 5 - Business, Government, And Congressional Investigation 70
  • Part II - Nationalist Ascendancy 1781-1783 107
  • 6 - Counterrevolution in Finance 109
  • 7 - Reign of the Financier 125
  • 8 - The Aristocracy Suppressed 146
  • Part III - Postwar Era 177
  • 9 - Settlement of Individual Accounts 179
  • 10 - Settlement of State Accounts 203
  • 11 - The Economics of Disunion 220
  • 12 - Speculation in the Public Debt 251
  • Part IV - National Public Finance 287
  • 13 - Funding: the People and The Creditors 289
  • 14 - Assumption: the Compromise Of 1790 306
  • 15 - The Threads Tied 326
  • Bibliographical Essay 344
  • Index 349
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