A History of the Federal Reserve, Vol. I
1913-1951

  • Title:

    A History of the Federal Reserve, Vol. I
  • Paperback ISBN:

    0226520005
  • Paperback Dimensions:

    8.7'' x 6.98''
  • 848 Paperback pages
  • Hardcover ISBN:

    0226519996

Allan H. Meltzer's monumental history of the Federal Reserve System tells the story of one of America's most influential but least understood public institutions. This first volume covers the period from the Federal Reserve's founding in 1913 through the Treasury-Federal Reserve Accord of 1951, which marked the beginning of a larger and greatly changed institution.

To understand why the Federal Reserve acted as it did at key points in its history, Meltzer draws on meeting minutes, correspondence, and other internal documents (many never before made public) to trace the reasoning behind its policy decisions. He explains, for instance, why the Federal Reserve remained passive throughout most of the economic decline that led to the Great Depression, and how the Board's actions helped to produce the deep recession of 1937 and 1938. He also highlights the impact of ideas, particularly the ideas of Winfield Riefler and Randolph Burgess, that dominated policy decisions and led the Federal Reserve to make tragic errors. Meltzer also examines the influence the Federal Reserve has had on international affairs, from attempts to build a new international financial system in the 1920s to the Bretton Woods Agreement of 1944 that established the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, and the failure of the London Economic Conference of 1933.

Allan H. Meltzer is a visiting scholar at AEI.

 

 

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