Currencies and Finance in Black Communities from Early America to the Progressive Era

Endorsed by the OAH Committee on the Status of ALANA Historians and ALANA Histories and SHGAPE

Saturday, April 1, 2023, 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Type: Panel Discussion

Tags: African American; Business and Economy; Crime and Violence


This panel explores aspects of Black communities’ interactions with and use of money and finance from the colonial era to the early twentieth century. Panelists examine cultural ideas about money and markets that shaped how Black communities defined and achieved freedom and protected their members. Papers include Purchasing Power: Bondspeople, State, and Market in Early America, “Worthy of Public Sympathy and Benevolence:” Subscription Schemes as a Means to Freedom from Enslavement, and Fear as Currency: Serial Murder in the Early Twentieth-Century Rice Belt Region.

Session Participants

Panelist: Amanda White Gibson, Kenyon College
Amanda White Gibson holds a PhD from the College of William & Mary and is a past predoctoral fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow with the Center for the Study of American Democracy and the History Department at Kenyon College.

Panelist: Lauren Henley, University of Richmond

Panelist: Katie Alexandra Moore
Katie A. Moore is an Assistant Professor of History at University of California, Santa Barbara, where she teaches courses on early America, the Atlantic world, money, and capitalism. She has published articles and reviews in Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Journal of the Early Republic, and American Historical Review and her research has received funding from the Library Company of Philadelphia, Massachusetts Historical Society, and Huntington Library. She is currently completing work on her first book titled Colonial Reckoning: Money and the Making of Early America, a study of early American monetary practice and politics from the mid-seventeenth century to the eve of the American Revolution.