By Michael O'Malley
From colonial heritage to the current, americans have passionately, even violently, debated the character and the nature of cash. they've got painted it and sung songs approximately it, prepared political events round it, and imprinted it with the identify of God—all the whereas pondering: is funds an emblem of the worth of human paintings and creativity, or an emblem of a few common, intrinsic value?
In Face Value, Michael O’Malley offers a deep background and a penetrating research of yankee wondering cash and the ways in which this ambivalence abruptly intertwines with race. Like race, cash is certain up in questions of id and value, each one a type of shorthand for different values of 2 related issues. O’Malley illuminates how those socially developed hierarchies are deeply rooted in American anxieties approximately authenticity and difference.
In this compelling paintings of cultural background, O’Malley translates a gorgeous array of old assets to guage the comingling of rules approximately financial worth and social differences. greater than only a heritage, Face Value bargains us a brand new state of mind in regards to the current tradition of coded racism, gold fetishism, and financial uncertainty.
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Face Value: The Entwined Histories of Money and Race in America by Michael O'Malley