The Progressive Origins of Financial and Banking Regulation


What were the economic and, in particular, the financial and monetary assumptions of the Progressives? How deeply did these ideas take hold of American perceptions of markets and money? Are they still the leading ideas of our own day? These and other questions were the focus of this conference on the origins of our current regulatory regime in American finance and banking.


Conference Readings

Link, Arthur S., eds. The Papers of Woodrow Wilson, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1978.

Brandeis, Louis D. Other People’s Money and How the Bankers Use It. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 1995.

Goodnow, Frank J. The American Conception of Liberty and Government . Providence: Standard Printing Company (Brown University Colver Lectures), 1916.

Link, Arthur S. Woodrow Wilson And The Progressive Era 1910-1917. New York: Harper and Row, 1954.

Meltzer, Allan H. A History of the Federal Reserve, Volume 1: 1913-1951. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.

Moody, John. The Truth About the Trusts, A Description and Analysis of the American Trust Movement. New York: The Moody Publishing Company, 1904.

Pujo, Arsène. “Report of the Committee Appointed Pursuant to House Resolutions 429 and 504 to Investigate the Concentration of Control of Money and Credit.” House of Representatives, 62nd Congress, 3rd Session, Washington, DC, February 28, 1913.

Roosevelt, Theodore. The New Nationalism. New York: The Outlook Company, 1910.

Wilson, Woodrow. The New Freedom, A Call for Emancipation of the Generous Energies of A People. New York: Bibliobazaar, 2007.