One Nation Under Debt by Robert E. Wright

Time Period
1764 to 1824
Media Type
Politics & Government
Robert E. Wright

On September 4, 2008, Robert E. Wright delivered a Banner Lecture on his book, Virginia: Catalyst of Commerce for Four Centuries. The United States was born in debt. Was this obligation a vital tool for forging national unity, or a monstrous burden? In “One Nation Under Debt: Hamilton, Jefferson, and the History of What We Owe,” Robert E. Wright follows our nation’s debt from the founding to the credit crisis of today. A compelling and witty storyteller, Wright shows how the past can illuminate current financial woes.

Dr. Wright has taught history at New York University’s Stern School of Business. This lecture was a program of the museum’s Reynolds Business History Center.  (Introduction by Paul A. Levengood)

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