Author Talk: Sarah Igo, “Invasions of Privacy: An American History”
Privacy – and the threats to it – are everyday items in our news, and a worry to many in our digital age. Sarah Igo, a professor of history at Vanderbilt University, will explain how our concerns about privacy have a history stretching back to the late nineteenth century. Well before our digital age, Americans worried that phenomenon such as popular journalism, government record-keeping, police investigations, and private market research could endanger their privacy. Igo will provide a wide-angle sweeping history of debates over privacy, uncovering along the way how the debates over what should be kept out of the public eye have shaped U.S. politics and society. Igo’s talk is based on her 2018 book, The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America.
Author talks are free and open to the public.
Location: Hagley Soda House Auditorium
GPS Address: 298 Buck Rd, Wilmington, DE, 19807
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Julius Rosenwald (1862–1932) rose from modest means as the son of a peddler to meteoric wealth at the helm of Sears, Roebuck. Yet his most important legacy stands not upon his business acumen but on the pioneering changes he introduced to the practice of philanthropy.
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POLICING FAKES: EARLY TRADEMARK REGULATION IN THE U.S.
This paper examines the problem of counterfeit goods in the antebellum years, contextualizing the rise of these products and their prosecution by the state within the "freewheeling marketplace" described by Stephen Mihm, Ed Balleisen, and others. Through several case studies, the chapter enumerates the issues at stake in the first trademark infringement lawsuits in the US, including the economic anxieties prompted by the Panic of 1837, the tenuous social position of the middle class, competition between domestic and foreign manufacturers, and the unregulated commercial marketplace. The judges in these lawsuits moralized economic behavior in ways that mirrored then-emergent credit reporting structures, infusing middle-class standards of behavior into commerce. As the state struggled to keep pace, early regulatory measures adopted similar moral standards to separate legitimate from illegitimate competition.
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GPS Address: 298 Buck Rd, Wilmington DE 19807