Saturday, August 2, 2014

Introducing Over the Counter (OTC): Notes of Interest around the Web

In the tradition of over-the-counter stocks (those traded in a context other than a formal exchange, often because they trade at too low a price ["penny stocks"]), these occasional lists will point to news notes of interest:

Kathy Peiss of the University of Pennsylvania talks about the meanings attached to the zoot suit in the "Fashion Riot" segment about American apparel on BackStory   

The Harvard University Press blog features an article entitled "Smuggling, Rebellion, and the Origins of Global Capitalism" by Michael Kwass, author of Contraband: Louis Mandrin and the Making of a Global Underground (HUP, April 2014).

To commemorate the founding of the US Postal Service (July 26, 1775), Harvard libraries posted an example of postal currency from 1862.

The summer 2014 issue of the AHA's Perspectives on History, in a section devoted to the Hobby Lobby decision, contains an essay by Naomi Lamoreaux (Yale University) and Ruth Bloch (UCLA): "Property v. Liberty: The Supreme Court’s Radical Break with Its Historical Treatment of Corporations."

In celebration of its 125th anniversary, the Wall Street Journal posted an annotated reprint of the front page of the first edition from July 8, 1889.

The most recent NEP-HIS blog post is a review by Bernardo Bátiz-Lazo of a working paper by Jeremy Atack, Matthew Steven Jaremski, and Peter Rousseau entitled "Did Railroads Make Antebellum U.S. Banks More Sound?"

As part of a larger web exhibit on Romantic and Victorian literature, the British Library has created a section called "Inventing the Future," which "explores how the technological changes initiated by the Industrial Revolution inspired 19th-century writers."

The European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH) has created a Working Paper series.