LOCATIONCellar
Call No. HC105 .L48 2012
Author Levy, Jonathan, 1978-
Title Freaks of fortune : the emerging world of capitalism and risk in America / Jonathan Levy.
Location Volume/Copy Barcode Status
 Cellar  HC105 .L48 2012    3500501350973+  
 Prologue: Voyage1
1.The Assumption of Risk7
2.The Perils of the Seas21
3.The Actuarial Science of Freedom60
4.The Failure of the Freedman's Bank104
5.Betting the Farm150
6.Fraternity in the Age of Capital191
7.Trading the Future231
8.The Trust Question264
 Epilogue: Freaks of Fortune308
 Appendix319
 Notes325
 Acknowledgments395
 Index399
Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2012.
Description 414 p. ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The assumption of risk -- The perils of the seas -- The actuarial science of freedom -- The failure of the freedman's bank -- Betting the farm -- Fraternity in the age of capital -- Trading the future -- The trust question.
Summary Amid the nineteenth-century's waning faith in God's providence, Americans increasingly confronted unanticipated challenges to their independence and security in the boom and bust chance-world of capitalism. Freaks of Fortune is one of the first books to excavate the historical origins of our own financialized times and risk-defined lives."--pub. desc.
Subject Capitalism -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Risk -- Sociological aspects -- History -- 19th century.
Risk-taking (Psychology) -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- Economic conditions -- 19th century.
United States -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Related to Electronic resource 9780674067202
ISBN 9780674047488 (alk. paper)
0674047486 (alk. paper)
9780674067202 (ebook)
0674067207 (ebook)
OCLC No. or Control No. 789661554