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A list of key readings about Panic of 1873.
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Primary Sources

  • Fawcett, W. L. (1877). Gold and Debt; An American Hand-Book of Finance. 

Secondary Sources

  • Barreyre, Nicolas (2011). "The Politics of Economic Crises: The Panic of 1873, the End of Reconstruction, and the Realignment of American Politics". Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 10 (4): 403–423. DOI:10.1017/S1537781411000260. Research Blogging.
  • Fels, Rendigs. American Business Cycles, 1865-1897. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1959.
  • Fels, Rendigs. "American Business Cycles, 1865–79". American Economic Review 41, no. 3 (1951): 325–349.
  • Fels, Rendigs (1949). "The Long-Wave Depression, 1873–97". Review of Economics and Statistics 31 (1): 69–73. DOI:10.2307/1927196. Research Blogging.
  • Wicker, Elmus. Banking Panics of the Gilded Age. Cambridge University Press, 2000.
See also David Warsh, "Meet Elmus Wicker." Economic Principles, November 2. 2014.
  • Moseley, Fred (1997). “Depression of 1873–1879”, Business Cycles and Depressions: An Encyclopedia, 148–149. ISBN 0-8240-0944-4. 
  • Musson, A. E. (1959). "The Great Depression in Britain, 1873–1896: A Reappraisal". Journal of Economic History 19 (2): 199–228.
  • Scott, Ira O., Jr. (1952). "A Comparison of Production during the Depressions of 1873 and 1929". American Economic Review 42 (4): 569–576.
  • Sprague, Oliver Mitchell Wentworth (1910). History of crises under the national banking system, 1–107.  Template:Google books
  • Wicker, Elmus. Banking Panics of the Gilded Age. Studies in Macroeconomic History series, edited by Michael D. Bordo. Cambridge University Press, 2000.
See also David Warsh, "Meet Elmus Wicker." Economic Principles, November 2. 2014.

Encyclopedic Sources

  • Glasner, David (1997). “Crisis of 1873”, Business Cycles and Depressions: An Encyclopedia. New York: Garland Publishing, 132–133. ISBN 0-8240-0944-4. 
  • Kindleberger, Charles P. (2005). Manias, Panics and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises, 5th. New York: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0471467146. 
  • Lucibello, Alan. "Panic of 1873." Encyclopedia of American Recessions and Depressions, edited by Daniel Leab. New York: ABC-CLIO, 2014.
Books.Google has blanked much of this chapter. Lucibello places a lot of emphasis on corporate mismanagement and corruption as if without them, there would not have been an 1873 depression, and much of the chapter discusses the resulting social and political effects.

Contextual Sources

These sources may have sections that discuss the 1873 Depression:

Jay Cooke

  • Lubetkin, M. John (2006). Jay Cooke's Gamble: The Northern Pacific Railroad, the Sioux, and the Panic of 1873.  Focused on construction in the West. Important (because the failure of Cooke initiated the Depression) but most the text is focused on the construction and financing of the Northern Pacific Railroad and the accompanying struggles with the Native Americans of the Upper Plains.
  • Oberholtzer, Ellis Paxson (1907). Jay Cooke: Financier of the Civil War, 378–430.  Template:Google books


  • Foner, Eric (1990). A Short History of Reconstruction 1863–1877. New York: Harper & Row. ISBN 0060964316. 
  • Richardson, Heather Cox (2007). West From Appomattox: The Reconstruction of America After the Civil War. ISBN 978-0-300-11052-4. 

Other U.S. Topics

  • Loomis, Noel M. (1968). Wells Fargo. 
  • Unger, Irwin (1964). The Greenback Era: A Social and Political History of American Finance, 1865–1879, 213–228. 
  • White, Richard (2011). Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America. ISBN 978-0-393-06126-0.