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One nation under gold : how one precious metal has dominated the American imagination for four centuries / James Ledbetter.

Ledbetter, James, (author.).
  • ISBN: 9780871406835 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: xvii, 380 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2017]

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at George H. and Ella M. Rodgers Memorial Library.

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George H. and Ella M. Rodgers Memorial Library 332.4 LEDBETT 34510010875712 Non-Fiction Available -

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Patron Reviews:

  • Baker & Taylor
    An account of America's historical obsession with gold documents events ranging from the search for El Dorado to FDR's ban on private gold ownership, sharing insights into its current influences on the economy and human psyche.
  • Book News
    In this descriptive, chronological narrative for general readers, business writer James Ledbetter (editor of Inc. magazine) uses plain language and a sense of humor to explain how gold has affected American monetary policy and why gold is still important to American identity, even after President Nixon enacted the end of the gold standard to back up the dollar. From the Founders’ era through the present, the book details the roles of historical figures, presidents, and historical events. It includes a detailed timeline, plus b&w historical and contemporary photos and illustrations. Ledbetter’s writing appears in The New Yorker, the Nation, and the New York Times. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (
  • WW Norton
    One Nation Under Gold
  • WW Norton
    Worshipped by Tea Party politicians but loathed by sane economists, gold has historically influenced American monetary policy and has exerted an often outsized influence on the national psyche for centuries. Now, acclaimed business writer James Ledbetter explores the tumultuous history and larger-than-life personalities—from George Washington to Richard Nixon—behind America’s volatile relationship to this hallowed metal and investigates what this enduring obsession reveals about the American identity.One Nation Under GoldAnimating the "Wild West" economy of the nineteenth century with searing insights, Ledbetter brings to vivid life the actions of Whig president Andrew Jackson, one of gold’s most passionate advocates, whose vehement protest against a standardized national currency would precipitate the nation’s first feverish gold rush. Even after the establishment of a national paper currency, the virulent political divisions continued, reaching unprecedented heights at the Democratic National Convention in 1896, when presidential aspirant William Jennings Bryan delivered the legendary "Cross of Gold" speech that electrified an entire convention floor, stoking the fears of his agrarian supporters.While Bryan never amassed a wide-enough constituency to propel his cause into the White House, America’s stubborn attachment to gold persisted, wreaking so much havoc that FDR, in order to help rescue the moribund Depression economy, ordered a ban on private ownership of gold in 1933. In fact, so entrenched was the belief that gold should uphold the almighty dollar, it was not until 1973 that Richard Nixon ordered that the dollar be delinked from any relation to gold—completely overhauling international economic policy and cementing the dollar’s global significance. More intriguing is the fact that America’s exuberant fascination with gold has continued long after Nixon’s historic decree, as in the profusion of late-night television ads that appeal to goldbug speculators that proliferate even into the present.One Nation Under Gold
Subject: Gold > United States > History.
Gold standard > United States > History.

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