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Early American Slave Law

"Everywhere, in that all parts of the Western Hemisphere permitted slavery to flourish as an institution in the period before 1775, yet nowhere, because those enslaved were bound most intimately by rules restricting them that often never reached print. This improbable state of affairs—hundreds of communities with unfree labor yet a limited written record of the restrictions that kept them in bondage..." – By Sally Hadden

Financial Crises in American History

"How, when, and why have financial crises occurred in the United States? One of the recurrent and defining features of U.S. history, financial crises are instances of a system-wide loss of confidence and increase in perceived risk that have led people to sell stocks and bonds or withdraw money from banks. ..." – By Christoph Nitschke and Mark Rose

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