Everything you need to understand or teach Golden Hill by Francis Spufford.
Golden Hill is a historical novel set in the small colonial town of New-York on the island of Manhattan in the year 1746. The story follows Richard Smith, who arrives from England with a bill worth 1,000 English pounds. Smith is a stranger in town and refuses to tell anyone anything about his past or what he plans to do when his bill is finally verified and redeemed. Smith must navigate the many social, political, and economic interests of the town. The novel explores themes of secrecy, factionalism, love, justice, and race.