Why Write the History of Capitalism? Louis Hyman Where is agency when you need it? A bank run in Massachusetts, October 1929. (OFF/AFP/Getty Images) A new generation of scholars is rewriting the story of capitalism by shaking off the old assumptions of both the Left and Right. Print & PDF Version Share This About The Author:Louis Hyman is assistant professor of History at the ILR School, Cornell University. You can follow him on Twitter at @louishyman.