Public Program- Stephen Mihm

Lectures and Performances
Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 7:30pm

"From Cogniac Street to State Street: The Campaign against Counterfeiters in 1830s Massachusetts"
by Stephen Mihm

Counterfeiters plagued the economy of the early United States. For the first four decades of the country's existence, most of the counterfeit money in circulation originated in Canada, in a lawless settlement known as Cogniac Street. Stephen Mihm, author of A Nation of Counterfeiters: Capitalists, Con Men, and the Making of the United States, will take us back to that wild time, and talk about the key role that Massachusetts banks played in waging a war against the enterprising criminals who made money- literally and figuratively- in the early republic. Stephen Mihm is assistant professor of history at the University of Georgia. His article, "Accept No Imitations: The Campaign against Counterfeits Past and Present," appeared in the AAS sponsored online journal, Common-place, in July, 2004.

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