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    Lincolnomics

    Author John Wasik revealed Abraham Lincoln’s legacy as the developer of an economic ladder to democracy through national transportation, public education, and market access. This was a…

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    Inside Money

    Author Zachary Karabell looked at the history of private investment firm Brown Brothers Harriman and its role in American wealth. This virtual event was hosted by the Museum of American…

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    Alexander Hamilton's Economic Plan

    In a talk titled, “The Hamilton Scheme: Enemies and Allies in the Creation of an American Economy,” historian and author William Hogeland discussed Alexander Hamilton’s financial ideas. Mr.…

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    Alexander Hamilton's Views on National Debt

    Professor Robert Wright talked about Alexander Hamilton’s views on national debt and imagined how the Founding Father would address U.S. debt in the 21st century.

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    The President Is a Sick Man

    Matthew Algeo recounted the secret surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from President Grover Cleveland in June 1893, during one of the worst economic moments in American history. The surgery, performed…

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    JPMorgan's Fall and Revival

    Economic consultant Nicholas Sargen provided a history of JPMorgan, from its status as a universal bank in the 1980s, to its buyout by Chase in 2000, to the changing of its business model…

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    Banking on Freedom

    History professor Shennette Garrett-Scott discussed the period of Black financial innovation between 1888 and 1930 and its impact on U.S. capitalism through the story of the St. Luke Bank…

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    The Power of And

    University of Virginia Business Professor Ed Freeman discussed the focus on responsibility and ethics that he says unites influential businesses. This virtual event was hosted by the Museum…

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    Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin

    Author Gregory May talked about Albert Gallatin, who served as the nation’s fourth Treasury Secretary from 1801-1814. He explored Mr. Gallatin’s early political career, his overhaul of Alexander…

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    Alexander Hamilton and Fiscal Responsibility

    Alexander Hamilton biographer and chair of the Museum of American Finance Richard Sylla discussed Hamilton’s views on the National debt and fiscal responsibility, and compared those views…

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    History of Financial Investing

    Norton Reamer and Jesse Downing talked about their book, Investment: A History. Topics included retirement, fraud, democratization, and advancing public policy, among others.

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    Eliza Jumel and Aaron Burr

    Margaret Oppenheimer talked about her book, The Remarkable Rise of Eliza Jumel: A Story of Marriage and Money in the Early Republic. Born into poverty, Eliza Jumel became one of the richest…

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    Designing Congressional Gold Medals

    Artist Joel Iskowitz provided historical insight and told the stories behind designing a congressional gold medal. He outlined the concept, execution phases, and the ceremonies for the…

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    The Sphinx

    Nicholas Wapshott talked about his book The Sphinx: Franklin Roosevelt, the Isolationists, and the Road to World War II, in which he recounts the role that President Franklin D. Roosevelt played…

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    Financing the War of 1812

    David Cowen talked about how Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin funded the War of 1812. On June 18, 1812 the United States officially declared war for the first time when President Madison…

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    Women in Finance

    Author Sheri Caplan talked about her book, Petticoats and Pinstripes: Portraits of Women in Wall Street’s History, at the Museum of American Finance in New York City.

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    Rise and Fall of Richard Whitney

    Malcolm MacKay talked about his book, Impeccable Connections: The Rise and Fall of Richard Whitney, in which he details Whitney’s journey from New York Stock Exchange president to convicted…

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    Jewish-American Revolutionary War Financier

    David Cowen talked about Haym Salomon, a Jewish-American Revolutionary War financier. In 1976, the United States honored Haym Salomon with a stamp with an inscription on the reverse side said…

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