Reevaluation and Reflection

It appears as though my worst fears have come true. Going into this project, on the Panic of 1819 in Williamsburg, I was well aware that there was almost no writing on the subject. Now I know why:  after nearly a month and a half spent in the Swem Library at William and Mary and at the Rockefeller Library in Williamsburg I have found almost nothing substantive about Williamsburg during the 1810’s and 20’s.  What little I have found has been entirely qualitative- mainly descriptions of the city and its inhabitants.  I know almost nothing about the city’s economy during the period, which of course prevents me from writing seriously about the depression in Williamsburg. However, I have still learned quite a lot through my research, much of it quite useful and interesting

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