Of Course it was the Women

An important part of generating new scholarship is presenting that scholarship for critique. I had the opportunity in April to present what I have learned about the generation of jail debt in antebellum Virginia at the Business History Conference. The “BHC” is a group of historians and economists who study business, capitalism, and economic history in all areas of the world. It’s a fun bunch!

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Last month I blogged about how all the best sources for my project went up in smoke as the Confederates were evacuating Richmond in 1865, but how I wasn’t loosing hope. And I have been rewarded for my positive thoughts!

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Whaddaya mean there are no records?!

I had only barely started and my research had already come to a screeching halt.

“Almost all of the records for the city of Richmond for the 1840s were burned during the Civil War,” said the researcher at the Library of Virginia.

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Abstract–African American Credit Use in the Early Republic

My name is Amanda Gibson, and I am a PhD candidate in the history department.

Credit was and is central to the growth of capitalism. My dissertation will uncover the credit market experiences of those most vulnerable to the externalities associated with a slavery-based capitalist economy. It will describe enslaved and free African Americans’ use of credit from the American Revolution to the Civil War.

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