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Founding Finance: How Debt, Speculation, Foreclosures, Protests, and Crackdowns Made Us a Nation (Discovering America) Hardcover – October 15, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Discovering America (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press; 1 edition (October 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292743610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292743618
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mixing lively narrative with fresh views of America’s founders, in Founding Finance, William Hogeland offers a new perspective on America’s economic infancy. (Bob Edmonds McCormick Messenger 2014-05-08)

About the Author

William Hogeland writes and speaks on startling connections between American history and today’s political and cultural struggles. He is the author of the critically acclaimed narrative histories Declaration and The Whiskey Rebellion, as well as a collection of essays, Inventing American History. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Atlantic, American History Magazine, Boston Review, Salon, Huffington Post, and elsewhere. He has also appeared on CBS’s Good Morning, America, PBS’s History Detectives, and C-SPAN’s Book TV.

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Born in Virginia and raised in Brooklyn, New York, William Hogeland is the author of three books on founding U.S. history, "The Whiskey Rebellion" (Simon and Schuster), "Declaration" (Simon and Schuster), and "Founding Finance" (University of Texas Press), as well as a collection of essays, "Inventing American History" (Boston Review Books/MIT Press). His next book is under contract to Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Hogeland's work in history represents an unusual blend of dramatic narrative and critical interpretation. He has also written about history, music, and politics for "The Atlantic Monthly," "AlterNet," "Salon," "The New York Times," "Boston Review," and "The Huffington Post." His essay "American Dreamers" appears in Da Capo's "Best Music Writing 2009," edited by Greil Marcus. Hogeland also contributed the chapter on insurrections to "A Blackwell Companion to American Military History."

Hogeland's blog is at http://www.williamhogeland.com. He has an online self-publishing venture at http://www.hogelandpublishing.com. He posts at http://twitter/WilliamHogeland, and his Facebook author page is http://www.facebook.com/pages/William-Hogeland/108281879206433.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By John Mugge on April 1, 2013
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William Hogeland, in his new book, Founding Finance, wishes to dispel the notion that the Constitution is a document born of a set of high democratic ideals held universally by our founding fathers. Throughout the book Hogeland cites conservatives as represented by the Tea Party, and liberals as represented by the Occupy Movement, as examples of groups fighting over the interpretation of the Constitution as if arguments depended upon consistency with the divinely inspired pure reason inherent in that original document. Both groups are misguided, Hogeland insists. Rather than derived from an inspired consensus, the United States was founded in a period of intense conflict, not just with Great Britain, but within its own borders between its own citizens. The author would leave us with a picture of John Adams and Thomas Paine, the representatives of the Federalist and Egalitarian Democratic views respectively, freeze-framed in hot debate just prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The demythification of the period and its famous documents, Hogeland believes, would set the current economic and political debates on a sounder footing.

At issue is what the Constitution is all about. Grover Norquist and the Tea Party look to the founding fathers as promoters of small government, balanced budgets, and low taxes. Progressives and liberals look to the Constitution as a document defending democracy and equal rights. But according to Hogeland, the Constitution, championed by the likes of Alexander Hamilton and George Washington, is one that promoted establishing a great nation based on a national debt, taxation, and a concentration of wealth.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Glenn on December 13, 2012
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I find William Hogeland's new book to offer a valuable perspective to the creation of the new nation and its connection to the creation of its national debt.

From a review at Jacobin:

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"We find something quite different in William Hogeland's new book, Founding Finance. It sits alongside Lepore's The Whites of Their Eyes in that it reflects on historiography as well as on its historical subjects; but where Lepore acerbically mocked Tea Party "historical fundamentalism," Hogeland's critique takes aim at the mainstream. He argues that the way we've been told to see the Founding Fathers, by "the leading historians of our time" as well as by non-specialists like McCullough, is damaging to our understanding of politics, finance, and the world we've inherited. Although his critique differs from the one outlined above, he does offer a radical revision of the standard popular view."
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jada Thacker on August 26, 2014
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No book should be "required reading" in a free society. But if you doubt we live in such a society, then perhaps you should make reading this book a personal requirement. On second thought, make re-reading it a requirement as well.
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