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19th Century Populists and the Money Question

With Geraldine Perry

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On Monday, January 27 2020, Geraldine Perry gave a presentation focused on some of the more surprising lessons for modern monetary thinkers that were provided by the 19th Century Populists. To serve as an anchor for this discussion she used some of the slides that had been the basis of her talk at the 2019 AMI Conference but this time she brought in a bit more context about how gold and silver were used by the money power to bury the Populist movement. Selected definitions and insights into money and “bank paper” that appeared in the original slide presentation were repeated and included a few from the founding fathers as well as those of the Populists themselves. Also shared were abbreviated excerpts from Alexander Del Mar, who was himself a Silver Party leader and small “p” populist whose work on the silver conspiracy informed the Populists. The money question, particularly as it related to silver, led to baseless charges leveled against the Populists that included “a tendency toward conspiracy,” “overblown rhetoric” and “paranoia.” The Populists, like the founders, clearly understood what money is.

During the discussion more some studies and videos were offered as background information or for further study by Geri.

This is a list of these items categorized under 1) sources mentioned by Geraldine Perry; 2) monetary reform related publications by Geraldine Perry.

Geraldine Perry is the co-author of The Two Faces of Money and the author of Climate Change, Land Use and Monetary Policy: The New Trifecta, as well as numerous articles on the web (see here). Two chapters from her upcoming book Ghost of Our Grandfather, Echoes from the Northern Plains provide the material for her presentation this year on 19th Century Populists and the Money Question.


1. Sources mentioned by Geraldine Perry

Wilkin, Carl. 1942. Prosperity Is Within Our Grasp.

Loucks, Henry. 2019 (1893). The New Monetary System As Advocated by the National Farmers' Alliance and Industrial Union. (Amazon)

Schulte, Francis. 2015 (1895). The Little Statesman. Palala Press. (Amazon)

Hicks, John. 1961 (1931). The Populist Revolt: A History of the Farmers' Alliance and the People's Party. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press. (Amazon)

Lee, R. Alton, 2011. Principle Over Party: The Farmers' Alliance and Populism in South Dakota, 1880-1900. South Dakota State Historical Society. (Amazon)

Del Mar, Alexander. 2012 (1899). A History of Monetary Crimes. Whitefish, MT: Literary Licensing, LLC. (Amazon)

Harvey, William Hope 2017 (1894), Coin’s Financial School. (Amazon)

Livingston, James. 1986. Origins of the Federal Reserve System: Money Class and Capitalism 1890-1913. Ithaca & London: Cornell University Press. (Amazon)

Dunning, Nelson A. 2019 (1887). Philosophy of Price, and Its Relation to Domestic Currency. Sydney, Australia: Wentworth Press. (Amazon)

Loucks, Henry. 2019 (1916). The Great Conspiracy of the House of Morgan Exposed, and how to Defeat It. Sydney, Australia: Wentworth Press. (Amazon)

Del Mar, Alexander. 2019 (1899). The History of Money in America from the Earliest Times to the Establishment of the Constitution. Sydney, Australia: Wentworth Press. (Amazon)

Del Mar, Alexander. 2015 (1885). The Science of Money. Sydney, Australia: Wentworth Press. (Amazon)


2. Monetary reform and banking related items by Geraldine Perry

Perry, Geraldine & Fousek, Ken. 2007. The Two Faces of Money. Shelbyville, KY: Wasteland Press. (Amazon)

Perry, Geraldine. 2013. Climate Change, Land Use and Monetary Policy: The New Trifecta. Shelbyville, KY: Wasteland Press. (Amazon)

Perry, Geraldine. 2016. “American Dreams Destroyed by Debt and a Constitution Denied. Dissident Voice (6 May 2016).

Perry, Geraldine. 2017. “Free Trade, War and Debt: All Branches of the Same Tree. Dissident Voice (30 June 2017).

Upcoming book: Ghost of Our Grandfather, Echoes from the Northern Plains.

GOT IDEAS?  Contact Bo-Young Lim or Mark Young if you have specific topic ideas you'd like to propose/lead.

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