Jane Knodell (University of Vermont) and Manuel A. Bautista Gonzalez (Columbia University) are interested in assembling a session on markets, the monetary and financial uses of silver, and the actors involved in its intermediation in North America (17th-19th centuries), for the 2020 annual meeting of the Business History Conference (Charlotte, NC, March 12-14, 2020).
- Jane would like to present a paper about how the colony of Massachusetts handled silver money during and after the establishment of its mint (1650-1720), with special attention to the role of merchants and silversmiths in silver markets and monetary policymaking from the period of reference until the late 18th century.
- Manuel would like to present a paper about the use of Mexican silver dollars in New Orleans between 1838 and 1862 and the implications (at the firm and individual levels) of merchants controlling such hard-powered currency for the provision of liquidity in antebellum financial and trade circuits.
- Sharon Ann Murphy (Providence College) has kindly agreed to be considered as chair/discussant for the panel.
Ideally, we would like to find a panelist or panelists who might be interested in issues of metallic/commodity money, monetary policymaking and the political economy of silver and gold in the North American/Atlantic space in the 17th-19th centuries. Papers from adjacent periods within the same geographic unit or papers from different locales within the same time period could also fit in the session.
If interested, please contact Manuel A. Bautista Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for panel submissions is October 1, 2019.