Wall Street: A History

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Oxford University Press, 1997 - Business & Economics - 404 pages
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How did a small, concentrated pocket of lower Manhattan come to have such enormous influence in national and world affairs? In this wide-ranging volume, economic historian Charles Geisst answers this question as he provides the first history of Wall Street, ranging from the loose association of traders meeting on New York sidewalks and coffee houses in the late 18th century, to the modern billion-dollar computer-driven colossus of today. Geisst's narrative traces several themes--the move of industry and business westward in the early 19th century, the rise of the great Robber Barons, the influence of the securities market on incredible growth of industry, and the gradual increase in government involvement in Wall Street--and also features a look at the some of Wall Street's most colorful and ruthless wheeler dealers.
Wall Street is at once a chronicle of the street itself, from the days when the wall was merely a defensive barricade built by Peter Stuyvesant, and in a broader sense it is an engaging economic history of the United States, a tale of profits and losses, endlessly enterprising spirits, and the role Wall Street played in helping America become the most powerful economy in the world.
 

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Geisst (finance, Manhattan Coll.) highlights the fluctuations of The Street during the past 200 years. From the beginnings in the 1790s, when auctioneers and dealers conducted curbside transactions ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
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TWO The Railroad and Civil War Eras 184070
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THREE The Robber Barons 187090
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SEVEN Wall Street Meets the New Deal 193035
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EIGHT The Struggle Continues 193654
244
NINE Bull Market 195469
273
ELEVEN Mergermania 198296
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Charles Geisst is Professor of Finance in the School of Business, Manhattan College, and author of Investment Banking in the Financial System and Exchange Rate Chaos.

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