Bonus Podcast: Bankers and the Founding of the United States


To mark Independence Day this week, this bonus episode of the ABA Banking Journal explores the role of banking and finance in the American Revolution and the founding era. This week’s guest, John Steele Gordon, is an acclaimed economic historian whose books include Hamilton’s BlessingThe Great Game and An Empire of Wealth; he is also the ABA Banking Journal’s “From the Vault” columnist. In this episode, Gordon discusses:

  • How not having any chartered banks prior to 1782 put the United States at a disadvantage during the Revolution.
  • Conversely, how the Bank of England was a “secret weapon” for Britain during the war.
  • The role of patriotic financiers like Robert Morris in achieving U.S. victory.
  • The debates over a central bank in the post-revolutionary period and how they contributed to the development of the Constitution.

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In this episode:

John Steele Gordon
Economic historian

Evan Sparks
Editor-in-Chief
ABA Banking Journal