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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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    U.S. Banknotes from 1861-1928

    Bruce Smart talked about banknotes from 1861 to 1928. He spoke about the people depicted on banknotes as well as legislation that changed who could appear on currency. Smart showed a number…

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    Alexander Hamilton Before the American Revolution

    Michael E. Newton talked about his book, Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years, about the early life of the Founding Father from the West Indies. Mr. Newton talked about his research process…

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    The Monopolists

    Mary Pilon talked about her book, The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game, about the origins of the board-game Monopoly. Ms. Pilon refutes the commonly…

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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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    Rise and Fall of Silver as Currency

    Miguel Perez-Santalla talked about the role of silver in the U.S. economy in the 19th century. He spoke about the changes in both U.S. and international markets that contributed to the…

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    Frank A. Vanderlip

    Vicki Mack talked about her book, Frank A. Vanderlip: The Banker Who Changed America, in which she chronicles the life of financier Frank Vanderlip, who played an integral role in the…

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    Fragile by Design

    Charles Calomiris talked about his book, Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit, in which he analyzes the banking systems in the United States, the…

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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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    Financial Booms and Busts in American History

    A panel of economic historians looked at the impact of boom and bust periods in U.S. financial history, with a focus on the banking industry in New York City. The panelists also commented…

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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, preformed…

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    The Whiskey Rebellion

    William Hogeland talked about his book The Whiskey Rebellion: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and the Frontier Rebels Who Challenged America’s Newfound Sovereignty, published by…

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    The First Tycoon

    T.J. Stiles talked about his book The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt (Knopf; April 21, 2009). In his book Mr. Stiles recounts the life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, who was central in the…

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    Wedding of the Waters: The Erie Canal

    Mr. Bernstein talked about his book Wedding of the Waters: The Erie Canal and the Making of a Great Nation, published by W. W. Norton and Company. He outlined the social, political, and…

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