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The Power of the Purse
A History of American Public Finance, 1776–1790

E. James Ferguson

Paper ISBN 978-0-8078-4028-3

Copyright 1961 by the University of North Carolina Press

An Award-Winning Book

  John H. Dunning Prize, American Historical Association (1962)

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Careful and thorough research, clear statements of fact, a judicial temper, and a mastery of confusing detail help to make Fergusons book an outstanding one, the best study of national finances during the formative years of the Republic.

--The American Historical Review

A brilliant and comprehensive description of American finance during the Confederation period.

--The Economic History Review