History of Credit and Debt

The History of Credit & Debt – Table of Contents

Main Collection

  1. Keeping Track
  2. Interest
  3. Very Early Debtors
  4. Early Regulations of Interest and Credit
  5. First Real Coins – Cattle Are Heavy
  6. The Pilgrims
  7. Money, Credit and Debt
  8. When Did The Dollar Arrive?
  9. How Did We Get The $ Symbol
  10. Debtors’ Prison
  11. When Did Credit As We Know It Arrive In The U.S.
  12. Early Sources of Credit – Pawnbrokers
  13. Early Installment Sales
  14. General Credit Terms in Early Consumer America
  15. Saving Money
  16. Credit Cards
  17. The Finance Company
  18. Bankruptcy

Special Exhibits

  • Visit Betty and Dave

    Additional Reading

    1. How to Budget, How to Buy, How to Pay
    2. “The Way to Wealth” – 1757
    3. Duty of Economy – Criticism of the American lack of thrift – 5/20/1905
    4. National Thrift Week – 01/17/1920

    Before You Leave

    The Credit Surprise

    About the author

    Steve Rhode

    Steve Rhode is the Get Out of Debt Guy and has been helping good people with bad debt problems since 1994. You can learn more about Steve, here.

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