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A History of American Currency

 Author: William Graham Sumner  Category: Liberty.me Books  Published: 1874  File Size: 19.9 MB  Download

In 1874, admist a debate about the future of the American monetary system, William Graham Sumner offered this analysis of the history of paper money in the United States.

He tells us that the English government wouldn’t allow the early British settlers to bring money with them to America. The settlers used the Native American wampumpeag to trade until they developed stable currency systems of their own. Along the way, paper currencies arose and catastrophe was always soon to follow.

Sumner’s lesson is that paper currency has always lead to crises and possible hyperinflation. Nothing good has ever come out of a paper-money experiment in America. Sound money is the only answer in a free society.

A History of American Currency should be included on the reading list of every student of monetary history. In many ways, we can see that Sumner was an early believer in the ideas of Austrian Economics that would soon follow.

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