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Author Levy, Jonathan, 1978-

Title Freaks of fortune : the emerging world of capitalism and risk in America / Jonathan Levy.

Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2012.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    330.122 LEV    Available
Description 414 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The assumption of risk -- The perils of the seas -- The actuarial science of freedom -- The failure of the freedman's bank -- Betting the farm -- Fraternity in the age of capital -- Trading the future -- The trust question.
Summary Amid the nineteenth-century's waning faith in God's providence, Americans increasingly confronted unanticipated challenges to their independence and security in the boom and bust chance-world of capitalism. Freaks of Fortune is one of the first books to excavate the historical origins of our own financialized times and risk-defined lives."--Pub. desc.
Subject Capitalism -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Risk -- Sociological aspects -- History -- 19th century.
Risk-taking (Psychology) -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- Economic conditions -- 19th century.
United States -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
ISBN 9780674047488 (alk. paper)
0674047486 (alk. paper)
9780674736351 (pbk.)
9780674067202 (ebook)
0674067207 (ebook)

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