Simon Middleton, 2019–2020

The Price of the People: Money and Power in Early America

John G. Medlin, Jr. Fellowship, 2019-20

Associate Professor of History, College of William & Mary

Simon Middleton

Simon Middleton earned his PhD from the City University of New York Graduate Centre in 1998, taught at the University of East Anglia and the University of Sheffield, before coming to William and Mary in 2018. He has published From Privileges to Rights: Work and Politics in Colonial New York City (Philadelphia, 2005) and articles in, for example, the William and Mary Quarterly, the Journal of Early American Studies, the American Journal of Legal History. He has co-edited two collections of essays, with Billy G. Smith, Class Matters: Early North America and the Atlantic World (Philadelphia, 2008) and, with James Shaw, Market Ethics and Practices, 1300–1850 (Abingdon, 2018). He is currently completing a study of the introduction of paper money to the eighteenth-century middle colonies, New York and Pennsylvania. His specialization is early American social history and political economy.

Selected Publications

From Privileges to Rights

  • Middleton, Simon, and James E. Shaw, eds. Market Ethics and Practices, 1300-1850. New York: Routledge, 2018.
  • Middleton, Simon. “Runaways, Rewards, and the Social History of Money.” Early American Studies 15, no. 3 (Summer 2017): 617-47.
  • Middleton, Simon. “”Legal Change, Economic Culture, and Imperial Authority in New Amsterdam and Colonial New York City.” American Journal of Legal History 53, no. 1 (January 2013): 89-120.
  • Middleton, Simon, and Billy G. Smith, eds. Class Matters: Class in Early North America and the Atlantic World. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008.
  • Middleton, Simon. From Privileges to Rights: Work and Politics in Colonial New York City. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006.”
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