Brown Bag Speculation Nation: Land Speculators and Land Mania in Post-Revolutionary America 24 July 2013.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Michael Blaakman, Yale University

This project reconstructs the business and political methods of post-revolutionary land speculators, aiming to trace the causes and consequences of the early republic's first wave of large-scale land speculation, from 1776 to 1812. In routing their capital through the new nation’s most important resource, land speculators situated themselves at the center of contentious debates about property, equality, and political economy in a democratic republic. Speculators sought to profit off the extension of the United States' revolutionary republican society; in the process, their methods shaped and changed the Revolution's outcome.