Friday, May 18, 2018

Over the Counter: Issue No. 40

News of interest from around the web:

The Winter 2018 edition of Financial History, the magazine of the Museum of American Finance, contains articles by Susie Pak on "Where Are They Now? " on the investment firm Blyth & Co., and by Joseph Martin and the late Chris Kobrak on "Evolution of the Canadian Currency and Banking Systems."

The folks at BackStory interviewed Bernard Carlson and Paul Israel about Thomas Edison's reputation.

Jon Kelvey writes in Smithsonian online about "How Advertising Shaped the First Opioid Epidemic."

We're saddened to report the deaths of two well-known members of the business and economic history community. Tony Corley, who died on March 15, 2018, is remembered by Mark Casson; and Frank Lewis, who died on March 14, is memorialized by Ann Carlos, Ian Keay, and Taylor Jaworski on EH.Net. 

The Mapping Early American Elections team has released over eighty maps of elections for Congress’s second decade. This release adds county-level maps of election returns for the Sixth through Tenth Congresses, taking coverage of Congressional elections up through the 1806–1807 elections.

A new online exhibit from the American Antiquarian Society, "The News Media and the Making of America, 1730-1865," explores the interconnectedness of American news media, in all its formats, with changes in technology, business, politics, society, and community from 1730 to 1865.

Kim Phillips-Fein's book, Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics, was named as a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in History.

A recent issue of the JSTOR Daily, on "Why Americans Used to Hate Hotel Workers," features the research of K. Sandoval-Strausz and Daniel Levinson Wilk.

A Harvard Business Review article by Steve Blank suggests "To Understand the Future of Tesla, Look to the History of GM."

"Black Perspectives," the blog of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS), ran a roundtable in March on the book Masterless Men by Keri Leigh Merritt. Of particular interest are two posts, one by Calvin Schermerhorn on "In the Shadows of Slavery's Capitalism," and another,  by Jessica Parr, on "Race, Economics, and the Persistence of Slavery."

On the University Press of Florida blog, authors Mark H. Rose and Roger Biles discuss "The  President as American Consumer-in-Chief," drawing on their work for their edited book, The President and American Capitalism since 1945.