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The Stanford Center for Law and History will hold its second workshop of the Quarter on Tuesday, February 15, from 12:45-2:00 PM (Pacific). Susanna Blumenthal, Minnesota Law and History, will share the paper: “The Apprehension of Fraud in Modern America.”
The workshop will be a hybrid event held in-person (Room 320D) and via Zoom. As a reminder, we ask that you RSVP for each workshop in advance so that we can circulate the paper, provide the Zoom link to the event, and for food ordering purposes for those of you who wish to join us in-person. Please read the paper in advance.
Current guidelines do not allow us to bring food into events. For those who attend in-person, however, lunch will be provided at 12:25PM, 20 minutes before the talk at a table in Crocker Garden to the left of Room 190 entry doors.
We also ask all those who attend in-person to comply with current Stanford event guidelines which can be found here.
To RSVP, click here. Those who confirm their attendance will receive a separate email containing the paper and link to the event.
Here is an abstract from the larger book project:
Swindlers and salesmen have long been viewed as close cousins in the United States. Indeed, con artistry and capitalism are often figured as two sides of the same coin by scholars and popular writers, with fraud written off as the cost of living in an entrepreneurial society. The Apprehension of Fraud in Modern America casts doubt on this conventional wisdom as it traverses the ambiguous borderland between capitalism and crime in the formative era of the nation’s legal development. Centering on trials involving deception within intimate relations as well as arms-length dealings, it illuminates the case-by-case process by which white lies were distinguished from darker forms of dishonesty.