Minting America coinage and the contestation of American identity, 1775-1800 /

by Ambuske, James Patrick.

Abstract (Summary)
MINTING AMERICA: COINAGE AND THE CONTESTATION OF AMERICAN IDENTITY, 1775-1800 by James Patrick Ambuske “Minting America” investigates the ideological and culture links between American identity and national coinage in the wake of the American Revolution. In the Confederation period and in the Early Republic, Americans contested the creation of a national mint to produce coins. The catastrophic failure of the paper money issued by the Continental Congress during the War for Independence inspired an ideological debate in which Americans considered the broader implications of a national coinage. More than a means to conduct commerce, many citizens of the new nation saw coins as tangible representations of sovereignty and as a mechanism to convey the principles of the Revolution to future generations. They contested the physical symbolism as well as the rhetorical iconology of these early national coins. Debating the stories that coinage told helped Americans in this period shape the contours of a national identity.
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School:Miami University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:mint of the united states early american republic revolution national identity coinage rhetorical iconology continental currency dollar colonial specie imagined communities money symbolism historical memory liberty cap war for independence articles confederation paper benjamin franklin robert morris alexander hamilton thomas jefferson monetary policy nationalism


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