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Financial History of the United States


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Over seven volumes, ‘The Financial History of the United States’ tells the story of America’s banking and financial system from the creation of stock and commodity markets and the rise of the insurance industry to booms, busts, panics and scandals. The series began with the publication of three volumes in 2002 (selected by Choice magazine as an ‘Outstanding Academic Title’) spanning from the Colonies to the early 21st Century, with a fourth volume published in 2006 describing the Enron-era financial scandals. Two further volumes were published in 2011 which looked at the origins of the Financial Crisis of 2008 and the Great Recession of 2007-2009. The seventh and most recent volume was completed in 2021. It includes a description of the prosecutions that imposed hundreds of billions of dollars in fines on the "too big-to-jail" banks, the Trump administration’s trade wars and the financial effects of the government shutdowns imposed in an effort to slow the Covid-19 pandemic.

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A Financial History of the United States 1492 - 2020

A Financial History of the United States: 1492 - 2020

1st Edition

By Jerry W. Markham
June 17, 2022

Originally published between 2002 and 2011, the first 6 meticulously researched and extensive volumes of this set cover a vast period of US financial and economic history, from the ‘discovery’ of America, through Civil War, Independence, two World Wars, the Great Depression, and on through the ...

From Christopher Columbus to the Robber Barons A Financial History of the United States 1492–1900

From Christopher Columbus to the Robber Barons: A Financial History of the United States 1492–1900

1st Edition

By Jerry W. Markham
June 06, 2022

Originally published in 2002, this is the first of three volumes in a history of finance in America. This volume covers the period from the 'discovery' of America to the end of the nineteenth century. It describes the status of finance in Europe at the time of Christopher Columbus' voyage to ...

From Enron to Reform A Financial History of the United States 2001–2004

From Enron to Reform: A Financial History of the United States 2001–2004

1st Edition

By Jerry W. Markham
June 06, 2022

Originally published in 2006, this book examines the collapse of the Enron Corp. and other financial scandals that arose in the wake of the market downturn in 2000. Part 1 reviews the market book and bust that preceded Enron’s collapse. It then describes the growth of Enron and the events that led ...

From J.P. Morgan to the Institutional Investor A Financial History of the United States 1900–1970

From J.P. Morgan to the Institutional Investor: A Financial History of the United States 1900–1970

1st Edition

By Jerry W. Markham
June 06, 2022

Originally published in 2002, this is the second of three volumes in a history of finance in America. This volume starts with the investment bankers who dominated finance at the beginning of the twentieth century. It then describes the Panic of 1907 and the resulting creation of the Federal Reserve...

From the Age of Derivatives into the New Millennium A Financial History of the United States 1970–2001

From the Age of Derivatives into the New Millennium: A Financial History of the United States 1970–2001

1st Edition

By Jerry W. Markham
June 06, 2022

Originally published in 2002, this volume focuses on the growth of derivatives, the savings and loan crisis, the merger mania of the 1980s, the accompanying insider trading scandals, and the battle with inflation. This history then reviews the market run-up in the 1990s and the rebirth of finance ...

From the Post Enron Accounting Scandals to the Subprime Crisis A Financial History of the United States 2004–2006

From the Post Enron Accounting Scandals to the Subprime Crisis: A Financial History of the United States 2004–2006

1st Edition

By Jerry W. Markham
June 06, 2022

Originally published in 2011, this volume examines the Enron-era scandals and several corporate governance issues that were raised as a result of these scandals. It then describes developments in the securities and derivatives markets, covering hedge funds, venture capital, private equity and ...

From the Subprime Crisis to the Great Recession A Financial History of the United States 2006–2009

From the Subprime Crisis to the Great Recession: A Financial History of the United States 2006–2009

1st Edition

By Jerry W. Markham
June 06, 2022

Originally published in 2010, this book covers the development of the mortgage market, the residential housing boom and bust that led to the subprime crisis, and the effect of this crisis on financial institutions as well as the stock market panic of 2008. It details the massive government ...

From the Great Recession to the Covid-19 Pandemic A Financial History of the United States 2010-2020

From the Great Recession to the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Financial History of the United States 2010-2020

1st Edition

By Jerry W. Markham
March 10, 2022

This volume narrates the financial history of the United States during a period of great upheaval in the early part of the 21st century. It is divided into three chronological sections: the first section describes the recovery of financial markets after the Great Recession. It begins with an ...

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