Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The People's Capital: The Politics of Popular Wealth in the Gilded Age
by Nelson, Robert Gabriel, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2019, 145; 13885307
Abstract (Summary)

The proliferation of financial practices and institutions throughout the mass of American society throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth century produced a wide range of social effects. From changing discourses about racial progress and equality to aspirations for integrating rebellious workers into a system of financial-industrial capitalism, anxieties about financial panics to the possibilities of worker-owned cooperatives, popular engagement with the financial apparatus became the very stuff of American life. This dissertation looks at a wide range of primary sources—political pamphlets, bank statements, cooperative prospectuses, reform newspapers, trade journals, novels, and congressional testimony—to link changes in the form and nature of popular wealth to the development of mass politics. As the scattered but substantial wealth of the American working classes began to congeal in institutional forms, a wide variety of historical actors struggled over what to do with the people’s capital.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Einhorn, Robin
Commitee: Rosenthal, Caitlin, Henkin, David, Tomlins, Christopher
School: University of California, Berkeley
Department: History
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 81/3(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: American history, Economic history
Keywords: Rebellious workers, Financial-industrial capitalism, Worker-owned cooperatives
Publication Number: 13885307
ISBN: 9781085794381
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