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, 1607-1783 Chapter 1: Overseas Empire Chapter 2: Colonial Development Chapter 3: America on the Eve of Revolution Chapter 4: Gaining Independence Part 2: The National Period and Constitutional Crisis, 1783-1861 Chapter 5: Westward Expansion Chapter 6: Population and Labor Force Chapter 7: Law and the Rise of Classical American Capitalism Chapter 8: Transportation: Internal Improvements and Urbanization Chapter 9: Agricultural Expansion: The Conflict of Two Systems on the Land Chapter 10: The Debate Over Slavery Chapter 11: The Early Industrial Sector Chapter 12: The Financial System and the International Economy Part 3: The Rise of an Industrial Society, 1861-1914 Chapter 13: Economic Effects of the Civil War Chapter 14: Railroads and Economic Development Chapter 15: Post-Civil War Agriculture Chapter 16: Population Growth and the Atlantic Migration Chapter 17: Industrialization, Entrepreneurship, and Urban Growth Chapter 18: Big Business and Government Intervention Chapter 19: Financial Developments 1863-1914 Chapter 20: The Great Economy and Its International Relations Chapter 21: Labor and the Law Part 4: The Expansion of Federal Power, 1914-1945 Chapter 22: The Command Economy Emerges: World War I Chapter 23: "Normalcy": 1919-1929 Chapter 24: The Great Depression Chapter 25: The New Deal Chapter 26: The "Prosperity" of Wartime Part 5: Brave New World? 1945-Present Chapter 27: Before the New Frontier: The Postwar Economy Chapter 28: Population, Health and Labor Chapter 29: Postwar Industry and Agriculture Chapter 30: To the New Millennium and Beyond Chapter 31: Does Our Past Have a Future?
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