Historical Perspectives on the American Economy: Selected Readings

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Robert Whaples, Dianne C. Betts
Cambridge University Press, 1995 - Business & Economics - 636 pages
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A student reader of the key topics in American economic history.
  

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Contents

Does the past have useful economics?
3
Colonial and early national economy
39
An economic interpretation of the American Revolution
42
The market and Massachusetts farmers 17501855
71
Slavery and servitude
107
The rise and fall of indentured servitude in the Americas An economic analysis
110
The anatomy of exploitation
141
Slavery The progressive institution?
177
The origins of American industrial success 18791940
455
Federal policy banking market structure and capital mobilization in the United States 18631913
482
Populism
509
A reappraisal of the causes of farm protest in the United States 18701900
511
The Wizard of Oz as a monetary allegory
524
Women in the economy
547
The changing economic role of women A quantitative approach
549
The Great Depression
573

Explaining the relative efficiency of slave agriculture in the antebellum South
226
The South since the Civil War
257
The trap of debt peonage
260
The economic revolution in the American South
293
The rise of American industrial might
315
The railroads The first modern business enterprises 1850s1860s
317
Notes on the social saving controversy
366
Industrial structure and the emergence of the modern industrial corporation
428
Factors accounting for changes in the stock of money
576
The fall in the demand for money
596
Basics of regression
612
Glossary
617
Name index
621
Subject index
628
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