"In God We Trust": New Whitman Publishing Book Explores the Civil War
Here's the press release from Whitman Publishing on Bill Bierly's upcoming book on the "In God We Trust" motto. -Editor
and Its Effects on American Money, Banking, and Religion
Whitman Publishing announces the release of In God We Trust: The American Civil War, Money, Banking, and Religion, by numismatic researcher William Bierly. The
352-page hardcover book will debut in November 2019. It will be available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and online (including at www.Whitman.com), for $29.95.
The national motto "In God We Trust" debuted on United States coinage during the chaos and heartache of the American Civil War. It has appeared on our money ever since. Bierly,
digging deep into the origins and history of "In God We Trust," tells its full story for the first time, introducing Reverend Mark Watkinson, the preacher who inspired the
Treasury Department to "recognize Almighty God in some form on our coins" . . . Mint Director James Pollock, former governor of Pennsylvania, "a commanding figure" who worked
toward the same vision . . . and Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase, nephew of an Episcopal bishop, who marshalled the nation's vast resources and financed the war with bold
innovations. President Abraham Lincoln figures in the tale, as does a cast of military generals, wealthy industrialists, poets and artists, powerful bankers, and everyday
Americans, North and South.
Bierly shows how the upheaval of the Civil War changed not just the face of our coins and paper currency, but the very foundations of modern American banking and finance.
The story continues into the renaissance of beautiful American coinage started by President Theodore Roosevelt in the early 1900s . . . the religious revival of the 1950s, and
the "Unwritten Constitution" . . . legal challenges by modern-day atheists . . . and controversy surrounding "In God We Trust," public and school prayer, Ceremonial Deism, the
separation of Church and State, and other topics very relevant in today's social and political conversations.
Historian Q. David Bowers, former president of the American Numismatic Association, calls In God We Trust "One of the most detailed, intricate, and fascinating books in the
field of American numismatics—and in American history in general." On the author's style, Bowers says, "Bierly approaches the subject respectfully on all sides, with color,
personality, dashes of humor, and dogged pursuit of the truth."
In God We Trust is available for preorder now.
In God We Trust: The American Civil War, Money, Banking, and Religion
By William Bierly; foreword by Q. David Bowers
Hardcover, 6 x 9 inches, 352 pages, full color
Retail $29.95 U.S.
About the Author
William (Bill) Bierly was raised on a farm near Walkerton, Indiana. As a child he heard stories from his grandparents about two of his great-grandfathers who had served
in the Civil War. This led to a lifelong interest in that war and that period of history. At about age eight he began collecting coins from circulating change. Following high
school Bierly attended Northwestern University for two years and then completed a degree in sociology and economic development with a minor in Chinese studies at Indiana
University. He then worked in India for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in a dairy development project.
Back in the United States his interest in coins was rekindled. He soon went abroad again, working for three years in Osaka, Japan. Then in the United States he operated a small
business for five years, sold it, and entered graduate school, earning an MBA in finance from Indiana University and embarking on a 25-year career in commercial banking. With his
overseas experience Bierly focused on international banking, particularly Japanese corporate business and Asian correspondent banking. He began his career at National Bank of
Detroit and he worked with J.P. Morgan Chase for much of his career; at various times at the bank's Detroit, Chicago, and Columbus, Ohio, offices, as well as traveling often to
While thus engaged, Bierly continued to pursue his coin hobby, eventually specializing in Civil War–era coinage, in particular pattern coins. Today he is active in several coin
groups and clubs, most notably the Central States Numismatic Society, the American Numismatic Association, the American Numismatic Society, the Chicago Coin Club, the Michigan
State Numismatic Society, and the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists, as well as the Civil War Token Society and the Liberty Seated Collectors Club. He sometimes exhibits
his collection at major coin shows and frequently volunteers as an exhibit judge.
Bierly resides in LaPorte, Indiana. He has two children, Emma and Ken, as well as a granddaughter, Kiki.
I was pleased to get a sneak peek into Bill's manuscript when I ran into him and Dennis meeting at the American Numismatic Association World's Fair of Money in Chicago
this summer. This is a long-awaited book on an important subject in American numismatics. I expect it will sell briskly, so order your copy soon from your favorite numismatic
Dennis Tucker adds:
We've had more interest in In God We Trust than in any numismatic book in several years. It's one of those subjects that has crossover appeal into "mainstream" history
and social/political/economic/financial fields. I'm excited for it to hit the bookshelves!
For more information, or to preorder, see:
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