The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

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Forum: Boom and Bust

A Storm of Cheap Goods: New American Commodities and the Panic of 1873

Scott Reynolds Nelsona1 c1

a1 College of William and Mary

(Online publication September 28 2011)



Scott Reynolds Nelson, former associate editor of this journal, is Legum Professor of History at the College of William and Mary. His first book, Iron Confederacies (1999) was a business, labor, and economic history of the Southern Railway. Nelson's second book, Steel Drivin' Man (2006), on the life and legend of railway hero John Henry, won numerous prizes including the Merle Curti Prize of the Organization of American Historians. His other books include a social history of the American Civil War, written with Carol Sheriff, and a young adult book about how historians do research. He is at work on Crash: An Uncommon History of America's Financial Disasters, to be published by Knopf in 2012.