Brown Bag An Empire of Fakes: Counterfeit Goods in Eighteenth-Century America this event is free 9 October 2013.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Catherine Cangany, University of Notre Dame

This project investigates the market, commodities, producers, suppliers, vendors, and consumers of spurious merchandise in early Anglo-America. In so doing, it reclaims forgotten commercial actors and networks and downplays the primacy of mercantilism to emphasize individualism (defined by counterfeits' propensity to subvert legal commerce for personal gain). Given that the underground economy constituted half of all economic transactions in this period, individualism may have been the more important commercial doctrine, a full century earlier than most scholarship suggests.