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Volume 19  Number 2  •  Fall 2014
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Repudiation in Antebellum Mississippi
By Clifford F. Thies
This article appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of The Independent Review

In the 1840s, several states that defaulted on their debt payments eventually reconciled with creditors, but Mississippi outright repudiated its debt and took steps that encouraged private debtors to do the same. Public and private debtors got away with stiffing their creditors because the popular election of judges to relatively short terms made the courts vulnerable to political pressures.

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