Capital of Capital: Money, Banking, and Power in New York City, 1784-2012

Hardcover | May 27, 2014

bySteven H. Jaffe, Jessica Lautin, Museum of the City of New York

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From Revolutionary Era bank notes to the 2008 financial collapse, Capital of Capital explores how New York City gave rise to a banking industry that in turn made the American and world economies. Capital of Capital also examines the frequently contentious evolution of the banking business, its role in making New York City an international economic center, and its influence on America's politics, society, and culture.

Based on a major exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, Capital of Capital features the key leaders of banking, including Alexander Hamilton and J. P. Morgan, as well as its critics, such as Louis Brandeis and the Occupy Wall Street protesters. The book also covers the major events and controversies that have shaped the history of banking and includes a fascinating array of primary materials ranging from antebellum bank notes and ledgers to early credit cards and advertisements. Lavishly illustrated, Capital of Capital provides a multifaceted, original understanding of the profound impact of banking on the life of New York City and the world's economy.

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From Revolutionary Era bank notes to the 2008 financial collapse, Capital of Capital explores how New York City gave rise to a banking industry that in turn made the American and world economies. Capital of Capital also examines the frequently contentious evolution of the banking business, its role in making New York City an internati...

Steven H. Jaffe is a writer and historian who received his Ph.D. in history from Harvard University and has worked at the Museum of the City of New York, the New-York Historical Society, and the South Street Seaport Museum. He is the author of New York at War: Four Centuries of Combat, Fear, and Intrigue in Gotham.Jessica Lautin is an...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.98 inPublished:May 27, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231169108

ISBN - 13:9780231169103

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Director's Foreword, by Susan Henshaw JonesIntroduction: New York, Banking CityBeginnings: 1784-1831The Bank War: 1832- 1860The Civil War: 1861-1865Banks for an Industrial Nation: 1866-1928Reform and Regulation: 1866-1928Crash and Depression: 1929-1945Banks for the American Century: 1946-1974Crises and Opportunities: 1975-1999Capital of Capital? New York's Banks in the New Century: 2000-2012AcknowledgmentsRecommended ReadingIndex

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Visually stunning.... comprehensive and insightful.... [Capital of Capital] should prove of great use to scholars and students interested in the history of capitalism as well as the history of New York.