I'm a biographer; I can live with a little hyperbole.
The history of Wall Street is inseparable from New York.
I think there's a tide that tends to carry historians back to the past.
Writing about dead white males seems to be out of favor among academics.
The American public historically was really not part of the stock market.
Early on, New York already had a national and even international identity.
In the 1970s we saw a massive shift of household savings from the banks to the brokerage firms.
A lot of the money in the stock market is really our national retirement plan, for better or worse.
After 1929, so many people had been traumatized by the stock market crash that there was a lost generation.
The mutual fund industry and small investors are very relentless and very unforgiving if people don't perform.