Counterfeiting and Michigan: The Territorial and Early Statehood Years

Christopher A Bailey, Nancy Jean White

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Counterfeiting crime was pervasive in the early years of Michigan. This paper describes and analyzes the environment of currency counterfeiting and the causes and effects of counterfeiting in Michigan in the early- and mid-nineteenth century. The laws and changes to the laws of Michigan relating to counterfeiting are also summarized.<br><br>This is the first state-level historical narrative of nineteenth-century counterfeiting in the United States, allowing us to investigate the economic environment and the counterfeiting and counterfeiting law outcomes of a particular state with its particular circumstances. This will give future researchers a basis for state-to-state comparisons of causes and outcomes of counterfeiting and counterfeiting law. In our conclusion, we provide a lengthy example list of future state-to-state counterfeiting comparisons that can be made.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-115
JournalMichigan Academician
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2021


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