Images of Want: How poverty was, and was not, pictured before the Civil War
A Game of Claims and Expectations: Credit, failure, and personal relationships across the Atlantic
Toxic Debt, Liar Loans, and Securitized Human Beings: The Panic of 1837 and the fate of slavery
Men of Small Property
Mr. Owen Goes to Washington
Financial Fictions: Paper Money and Antebellum Sensationalism
Con Games: Past and present
A Handy Handbook for Financial Historians
A Panic Worth Unpacking
Flimsy Fortunes: Americans’ old relationship with paper speculation and panic
Hard Times: The exhibition
Hard Facts for Hard Times: Social knowledge and social crisis in the nineteenth century
The Best of Times and the Worst of Times: Introduction to the “Hard Times” issue
When Banks Fail: Creating money and risk in antebellum America
Pictures of Panic: Constructing hard times in words and images
The Other Panic of 1819
Josiah Warren’s Labor Notes
Bread and Butter Activism
“Doomed … to eat the bread of dependency”?: Insuring the middle-class against hard times
Publick Occurrences 2.0 July 2008
Excerpts From “Kingdom”
Welcome to Commonplace, a destination for exploring and exchanging ideas about early American history and culture. A bit less formal than a scholarly journal, a bit more scholarly than a popular magazine, Commonplace speaks—and listens—to scholars, museum curators, teachers, hobbyists, and just about anyone interested in American history before 1900. It is for all sorts of people to read about all sorts of things relating to early American life—from architecture to literature, from politics to parlor manners. It’s a place to find insightful analysis of early American history as it is discussed in scholarly literature, as it manifests on the evening news, as it is curated in museums, big and small; as it is performed in documentary and dramatic films and as it shows up in everyday life.
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