Wright argues that the Colonial rebellion was in part sparked by destabilizing British monetary policy that threatened many with financial insolvency; that in areas without modern financial institutions and practices, dueling was a rational means of protecting one's creditworthiness; that the principle-agent problem led to the institutionalization of the U.S. Constitution's system of checks and balances; and that a lack of information and education induced women to shift from active business owners to passive investors. Economists, historians, and political scientists alike will be interested in this strikingly novel and compelling recasting of our nation's formative decades.
About the author
ROBERT E. WRIGHT is Lecturer in Economics at the University of Virginia. He is the author of The Origins of Commercial Banking in America, 1750-1800 (2001), and The Wealth of Nations Rediscovered: Integration and Expansion in American Financial Markets, 1780-1850 (2002).