The currency used in the United States (U.S.) is called the dollar. Repeatedly individuals holding lawful positions, within the U.S. government, have used their legal power to change the meanings attached to the U.S. dollar. This study was able to show how a U.S. dollar transforming event can be understood as action taken on the part of individuals holding lawful positions, within the U.S. government, to fundamentally change the meaning attached to the U.S. dollar in efforts to either maintain or elevate the position of the U.S. relative to other countries within the international field. Such was the case in the fourth event chosen for this project, which was shown to allow the U.S. to retain possession of their gold reserves while simultaneously restricting the ability of other countries to increase their gold reserves supply. A primary goal for this exploratory historical case analysis study, was to lay the groundwork for future currency studies, especially studies focused on event history analysis surrounding major currency transforming events. In order to lay this groundwork, four purposefully chosen historical events were used as markers to explore economic, social, and cultural capital indicators ascribed to the U.S. during and after the occurrence of those four events.


Barbara Keating

Committee Member

Saiful Islam

Committee Member

Jameel Haque

Date of Degree




Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)


Social and Behavioral Sciences



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