This course concentrates on critical aspects of the history of American economic development. The issues covered include the nature and consequences of the colonial relationship to Great Britain, the political economy of the Constitution, the economics of slavery, the rise of the modern bureaucratic corporation, causes of the Great Depression, and the political economy of contemporary America. In addressing these issues, the course considers more general questions of what forces‑‑cultural, economic, legal, etc.--shape the pace and pattern of economic development in any society.
The required text for this course is:
Gary Walton and Hugh Rockoff, Economic History of the United States.
This will be supplemented by a course packet of readings. Readings will average c. 100 pages a week.
There will be two one-hour exams and a final.