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Abstract (Lang: English):
How might the Panic of 1819 help us recut, rethink, and rewrite the history of capitalism, slavery, and freedom? The economic and political turns of 1819–1820 not only break the past of the United States equally but they draw attention to profoundly important facts. Slavery lasted well into “this half” of the story, and capitalism was well underway during “that half.” Planting a foot in both halves, we could recast our field: no longer “early,” but rather the period when there and then turned decisively toward here and now.