The WMQ-EMSI Workshop Series is designed to identify and encourage new trends in our understanding of the history and culture of early North America. It fosters intellectual exchange among scholars working on thematically related topics that may be chronologically, geographically, or methodologically diverse. The participants are primarily mature scholars working on second or subsequent book projects; they share their works in progress with the aim of deepening and enriching their perspectives, their approaches, and ultimately the final products of their research.

Money in Vast Early America

 Christine Desan, Harvard Law School
Friday & Saturday, December 8 & 9, 2023

Please complete the RSVP form by Friday, December 1, 2023.

See the conference program.

Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA
Ahmanson Classroom



“A “Strange and Deceitful System”: London and Virginia (1763–1764)”


“Chronic Specie Scarcity and Efficient Barter: The Problem of Maintaining an Outside Money Supply in British Colonial America”


“Making Change: Money, Trust, and Sovereignty in Mexico, 1750–1850”


“Current Money and Community in Early America”


“Promise to Pay: The Power and Politics of Money in Early America”


“Merchant Bankers and Plantation Finance in Antebellum Louisiana”


“Commodified Bodies: Debt and Labor in the British Atlantic”


“The Stability of Fortunes: Black Americans and Finance in the Nineteenth Century”

Image: Bill of exchange, 1776, courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum.