Goldbugs and Greenbacks by Gretchen Ritter
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Goldbugs and Greenbacks
By Gretchen Ritter

Goldbugs and Greenbacks

The Antimonopoly Tradition and the Politics of Finance in America, 1865-1896

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Goldbugs and Greenbacks by Gretchen Ritter

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In the late-nineteenth century, there was a popular and heated debate over what sort of financial system America should have. Behind the discussions over gold versus silver and state versus national banks was a broader dialogue about sectionalism, class relations, and the future course of the American economy and democracy. Professor Ritter contends that there was a distinctive and neglected political tradition in the United States - the antimonopoly tradition - which was championed by nearly every major agricultural and labor group during the period from the Civil War until 1900. The book explains why the antimonopolists (including the National Labor Union, the Greenbackers, the Knights of Labor, and the Populists) saw the financial system as the key to maintaining economic opportunity and democratic control for all classes and regions.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521653923
ISBN-10: 0521653924
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Pages: 318
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Jun-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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This is a book about the late-nineteenth-century money debates in American politics, and about the role of history in American political development.

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