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Please join us for lunch and compelling discussion with a member of our 2014-2015 class of fellows, as he presents his findings and research at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington.


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David M. Rubenstein Leadership Hall, Fred W. Smith National Library 3600 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121

On August 19, 2015 Library fellow Michael Blaakman will discuss the results of his research topic, "Speculation Nation: Land Speculators and Land Mania in the Age of the American Revolution."

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Michael Blaakman

Michael Blaakman is a Ph.D. candidate in history at Yale University. His research explores relationships between governments and financial interests in the tumultuous land market that followed American independence. His work reconstructs the culture and strategies of post-revolutionary financiers, asking why and how speculators invested in land, and why governments decided to sell it to them.

Recipient of Amanda and Greg Gregory Family Fellowship


Attendees should park in Mount Vernon visitor parking lots and enter the library campus via the pedestrian gate near the 4-way stop.