Lincoln's Greenbacks

Constitutional Moments and Monetary Reform
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Thursday October 17, 2013

This seminar will explore the political, economic, and legal innovations leading up to, during, and following the Lincoln Administration and the Civil War.

Overview

This seminar will explore the political, economic, and legal innovations leading up to, during, and following the Lincoln Administration and the Civil War. In addition, it will examine the relationship between ante- and post-bellum monetary and financial system innovation and the larger currents of constitutional and social transformation of the period.

Questions to be addressed include:

What impact did Abraham Lincoln’s presidency have on the historical evolution of the legal architecture of the United States macroeconomy?

What were the most significant institutional and legal innovations concerning money that took place during this period?

How did these innovations come to be, and what legacy did they impose on subsequent monetary system developments?

What lessons can contemporary policymakers take from the Lincoln-era monetary debates?

Participants

Speakers:

Timothy A. Canova

Professor of Law and Public Finance
Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center.

Timothy A. Canova is Professor of Law and Public Finance at the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center. He previously served as a legislative assistant to the late U.S. Senator Paul E. Tsongas and practiced law with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in New York City. He has authored more than two dozen articles and book chapters, including articles in the Harvard Law & Policy Review, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Brooklyn Law Review, Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy, and UC Davis Law Review.

Richard Bensel

Gary S. Davis Professor of Government
Cornell University

Richard Bensel is Associate Chair and the Gary S. Davis Professor of Government at Cornell University.

David Weiman

Alena Wels Hirschorn Professor of Economics
Barnard College

David Weiman is Alena Wels Hirschorn Professor of Economics at Barnard College and Member of the History Graduate Faculty, Columbia University. He is also Senior Research Associate of the Community College Research Center, Teachers College.

Moderator: 

Gillian Metzger

Stanley H. Fuld Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Global Governance
Columbia Law School

Gillian Metzger is the Stanley H. Fuld Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Global Governance at Columbia Law School. Professor Metzger previously served as a law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Patricia M. Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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