America's present economy, understood through its past. Rich in both quantitative techniques and economic theory, American Economic History demonstrates how an understanding of our past can illuminate economic issues that face society today and in the future. In simple, elegant language, this text walks readers through four centuries of political, social, and economic history, focusing on laws and institutions and emphasizing current economic topics. The eighth edition has been updated and revised, and includes expanded discussions on population, health, and labor; education; the automobile industry; income and taxes; social security; unemployment; regulation and the financial industry; and the history of economic recessions.
Part 1: The Colonial Period, 1607-1783Chapter 1: Overseas EmpireChapter 2: Colonial DevelopmentChapter 3: America on the Eve of RevolutionChapter 4: Gaining IndependencePart 2: The National Period and Constitutional Crisis, 1783-1861Chapter 5: Westward ExpansionChapter 6: Population and Labor ForceChapter 7: Law and the Rise of Classical American CapitalismChapter 8: Transportation: Internal Improvements and UrbanizationChapter 9: Agricultural Expansion: The Conflict of Two Systems on the LandChapter 10: The Debate Over SlaveryChapter 11: The Early Industrial SectorChapter 12: The Financial System and the International EconomyPart 3: The Rise of an Industrial Society, 1861-1914 Chapter 13: Economic Effects of the Civil War Chapter 14: Railroads and Economic DevelopmentChapter 15: Post-Civil War AgricultureChapter 16: Population Growth and the Atlantic MigrationChapter 17: Industrialization, Entrepreneurship, and Urban GrowthChapter 18: Big Business and Government InterventionChapter 19: Financial Developments 1863-1914Chapter 20: The Great Economy and Its International RelationsChapter 21: Labor and the LawPart 4: The Expansion of Federal Power, 1914-1945Chapter 22: The Command Economy Emerges: World War IChapter 23: "Normalcy": 1919-1929Chapter 24: The Great DepressionChapter 25: The New DealChapter 26: The "Prosperity" of WartimePart 5: Brave New World? 1945-Present Chapter 27: Before the New Frontier: The Postwar EconomyChapter 28: Population, Health and LaborChapter 29: Postwar Industry and AgricultureChapter 30: To the New Millennium and BeyondChapter 31: Does Our Past Have a Future?