Event: FHN Keynote Talk: Jane Knodell, The Second Bank of the United States: “Central Banker” in an Era of Nation-Building, 1816-1836 (13 June)

Manuel Bautista-González Discussion
Dear colleagues,

On Monday, June 13, 2022, at 11 am EST, Jane Knodell, Mark J. Zwynenburg Green and Gold Professor of Financial History, University of Vermont, will give the keynote talk The Second Bank of the United States: “Central Banker” in an Era of Nation-Building, 1816-1836, based on her 2017 book

Professor Knodell's lecture is the final session of the Financial History Network's 2021-2022 webinar series. You can register for the session here. The abstract is below. 

The year 2016 marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Second Bank of the United States (1816-1836). This book is an economic history of an early central bank, the Second Bank of the United States (1816-36). After US President Andrew Jackson vetoed the re-chartering of the Bank in 1832, the US would go without a central bank for the rest of the nineteenth century, unlike Europe and England. This book takes a fresh look at the role and legacy of the Second Bank. The Second Bank of the United States shows how the Bank developed a business model that allowed it to make a competitive profit while providing integrating fiscal services to the national government for free. The model revolved around the strategic use of its unique ability to establish a nationwide system of branches. This book shows how the Bank used its branch network to establish dominance in select money markets: frontier money markets and markets for bills of exchange and specie. These lines of business created synergies with the Bank’s fiscal duties, and profits that helped cover their costs. The Bank’s branch in New Orleans, Louisiana, became its geographic centre of gravity, in contrast with the state-chartered banking system, which was already, by the 1820s, centred around New York.

Best regards,

Manuel - on behalf of FHN conveners

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