Wampum and the Origins of American Money by Marc Shell
Wampum has become a synonym for money, and it is widely assumed that it served the same purposes as money among the Native Algonquians even after coming into contact with European colonists' money. But to equate wampum with money only matches one slippery term with another, as money itself was quite ill-defined in North America for decades during its colonization.
In this stimulating and intriguing book, Marc Shell illuminates the context in which wampum was used by describing how money circulated in the colonial period and the early history of the United States.
University of Illinois Press, 2013.
ISBN: 9780252033667. 137 pp.
Hardcover. Near fine in a near fine jacket.