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Levy, Jonathan, 1978-
Freaks of fortune : the emerging world of capitalism and risk in America / Jonathan Levy
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2012
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 3rd Floor  HC105 .L48 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Capitalism -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Risk -- Sociological aspects -- History -- 19th century
Risk-taking (Psychology) -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Subject United States -- Economic conditions -- 19th century
United States -- Social conditions -- 19th century
Physical Description 414 p. ; 24 cm
Note 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
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