A certain segment of the Foundation's staff has recently discovered Robert E. Wright's book The First Wall Street: Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, and the Birth of American Finance, and has glommed onto it in a big way. As I never read any of the books I buy for the library (no time, got things to do), I always appreciate staff book reviews. I'm told that this book makes a potentially dead boring topic interesting and easy to understand. So there you have it! I've been commissioned to buy as many of Mr. Wright's books as I can get my hands on. Brace yourself.
Also, Robert Wright's website may be of interest (includes links to financial resources, etc.).