Below are fictitious historical headlines. If any of them would have occurred it would have changed the history of banking. Divide the list among the class and have students write a short mystery story using the headline assigned. Tell students that they must include historical facts in their fictitious short story.
Treason in the rank of the Knights of Templar (1190 AD, Cyprus)
Cosmo the Elder Kidnapped (1440 AD, Italy)
William Paterson Embezzles £.8 (1700 AD, London)
Sveriges Riksbank Robbed (1710 AD, Sweden)
Alexander Hamilton Assassinated (1790 AD, Philadelphia)
Stephen Douglas Inaugurated U.S President; Abraham Lincoln Imprisoned for Campaign Finance Fraud (1861, Washington, D.C.)
Attorney General, William McCarty (Billy the Kid) Foils U.S Bureau of Engraving Counterfeiting Scandal (1885, Washington, D. C.)
President Coolidge Vetoes Revenue Act Pay Offs Suspected (1924, Washington, D. C.)
President Roosevelt Disbands Office of Comptroller Due Massive Corruption (1935, Washington D.C
Rothard, Murray N. A History of Money and Banking in the United States: The Colonial Era to World War II. Auburn: Ludwig von Mises Institute, 2002.
Rothard, Murray N. America’s Great Depression. Auburn: Ludwig von Mises Institute, 1994.
Rothard, Murray N. The Case Against the Fed. Auburn: Ludwig von Mises Institute, 2000.
History of U. S. Banking
History of Banking
Comptroller of the Currency Administrator of National Banks
History of Banking in New York State
This lesson was written by Debra L. Clark, Kent State University.