American Bonds: How Credit Markets Shaped a Nation


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Princeton University Press
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6.1 X 9.3 X 1.1 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Sarah L. Quinn is associate professor of sociology at the University of Washington.


"In American Bonds, Quinn performs an improbable alchemy. With superb insight, she transforms the seemingly arid technical terrain of credit markets into a vivid political, sociological, and moral territory. This book will attract not only specialists but also anyone interested in learning why and how government policy has shaped American lending practices." --Viviana Zelizer, author of Economic Lives: How Culture Shapes the Economy
"In compelling detail, Quinn shows that credit is a durable, supple, but often invisible tool of domestic statecraft. For more than two centuries, the U.S. government's regulation of finance spurred development and dramatically refashioned America's social and economic landscape. With this insightful analysis, we can appreciate how credit became a key site of social and political conflict."--Bruce Carruthers, Northwestern University
"American Bonds traces the historical development of the U.S. mortgage market over two centuries, and with it the evolution of credit as a powerful lever of statecraft. Quinn's meticulously researched account shows how credit has long been central to policymakers' attempts to resolve particularly American dilemmas of growth and distribution. This satisfying, accomplished book elaborates as no other work has done the ways in which credit organizes the American state and polity."--Greta R. Krippner, University of Michigan