Suckers and Swindlers: Business Fraud in the History of American Capitalism
Capitalism depends on trust, and so always creates opportunities for economic deception. As a result of America’s embrace of innovation and openness to the slick sell, the avenues for duplicity have been especially broad in the modern United States. This webinar with Edward Balleisen, Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke, will examine the American experience with business fraud since the early nineteenth century—the enduring difficulties of defining fraud; the characteristics of the worst fraud scandals; and the evolution of institutional attempts to contain its corrosive impacts.
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