History of Capitalism in Modern America
This course will investigate the history of capitalism in the United States from the nineteenth century to the present day. We will examine the political, social, legal, environmental, cultural and moral dimensions of economic life in America. We will pay special attention to how questions about work, finance, markets and material goods have served as starting points for broader considerations of “the good life.” We will also pay special attention to the role of crises like wars and depressions in shaping the American economy. Readings will include a mixture of primary and secondary sources and will total approximately 200 pages per week. Enrollment is limited to third and fourth year undergraduates. Assignments include weekly journals on assigned readings, several short essays and a research paper.