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Jackpot: For Colonial Slaves, Playing the Lottery Was a Chance at Freedom
Complaints that the lottery is a regressive tax on the poor have been around since the beginning of the lottery in America.
Taxation Without Money
If we'd listened to Ben Franklin back in 1766, would we be listening to Ted Cruz in 2016?
Paper Money Rebellion
The Currency Act of 1764 returned the restrictions of 1751: banning colonists from printing their own legal tender bills.
Public Banks: An American Tradition
When it comes to finance and banking, early Americans like Benjamin Franklin make Bernie Sanders look conservative.
Indentured Servants and The Domestic Economy
Many 18th-century households included not only relatives and slaves, but also indentured servants, people sold into bondage for a specified length of time.
A Nation Built on Debt
What is debt and where did it come from?
Introducing “Treasury Notes”
Treasury Notes, a new JSTOR Daily column, will discuss money in its historical context.