Author William Hogeland on "Founding Finance" (WATCH VIDEO)

Lunch and Learn Series

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 | 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Author and journalist William Hogeland will speak at this Lunch and Learn event on "Founding Finance: Public Debt, the US Constitution and the First Federal Taxation." He will discuss the ways in which public-finance considerations, especially regarding establishing and funding a national debt, played into the framing of the Constitution; as well as resistance to the public-finance policies of the Washington administration.

About the Speaker
William Hogeland was born in Virginia and raised in Brooklyn, New York. His most recent book is Declaration (June 1, 2010, Simon & Schuster), a narrative history of the little-known political adventure in the weeks before America declared independence. He is the author of another narrative history, The Whiskey Rebellion (Scribner, 2006), and a collection of essays, Inventing American History (MIT Press, 2009), as well as two plays, a co-authored screenplay and a novel, The Surrender of Washington Hansen.

Hogeland has written on music, politics, history and culture for Slate, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, Boston Review and American History Magazine. "Founding Finance," his series of posts for New Deal 2.0, was picked up by Salon, The Huffington Post, Naked Capitalism and others. His blog, "Hytsteriography," is at He also posts at