MINTING AMERICA:COINAGE AND THE CONTESTATION OF AMERICAN IDENTITY, 1775-1800
“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.
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:early american republic revolution national identity united states coinage rhetorical iconology continental currency dollar mint colonial specie imagined communities money
Date of Publication:01/01/2006