Crisis and Consequence

25 10 2010

As Americans are acutely aware of these days, economic crises have been the midwife to dramatic political change throughout our nation’s history.  For
its fall conference, “Crisis and Consequence,” on November 4 and 5 the Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society brings together
a dozen speakers who will explore the long-term consequences of panics, depression, financial contractions, and other economic crisis on American
politics and society.
The conference opens Thursday evening, November 4 with keynote address by Richard Sylla, the Henry Kaufman Professor of the History of Financial
Institutions and Markets and Professor of Economics at New York University. The conference continues all day on Friday, November 5 with four panels that
investigate a wide range of crises in American history. Often overlooked panics of early America will be the morning session’s focus, with papers on
real estate and financial crises from the colonial era to 1837. The following session on the Great Depression will look at its consequences on
the opportunities for Americans from all walks of life, including migrants, innovative businesspeople, and the white-collar middle class. Following
lunch, a panel will focus on the aftermath of two banking crises, one in the late 1830s and the other in the 1970s. The closing session will ask large
questions about the impact of crises on the character of life insurance, the movement of population and business to new regions of the United States, and
the nature of the American stock market.
The full program is here.




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