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The National Banking System: a brief history

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    During the period of the National Banking System (1863–1913), national banks could issue bank notes backed by holdings of eligible U.S. government securities. This paper presents an overview of the legal and financial history of this period. It begins with the reasons the National Banking System was created. It also examines the rules of operation for national banks as established by the National Banking Act and its subsequent revisions. Furthermore, the paper serves as a brief financial history of the period, examining the various forces that shaped the environment in which national banks operated.

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    Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in its series Working Paper with number 0723.

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    Date of creation: 2007
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    Handle: RePEc:fip:fedcwp:0723

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    Keywords: National banks (United States);

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