The Sixth Edition of American Economic History offers a non-technical presentation of U.S. economic history rich in both quantitative techniques and economic theory. While retaining previous editions' hallmark readability and elegant writing style, as well as a focus on laws and institutions, the Sixth Edition brings the study of American economic history into the twenty-first century through updated coverage reflective of the latest scholarship. An expanded emphasis on current economic topics demonstrates the importance of viewing economic events as intricately connected to their historical context.
I. THE COLONIAL PERIOD, 1607-1783.
1. Overseas Empire.
2. Colonial Development.
3. America on the Eve of Revolution.
4. Gaining Independence.
II. THE NATIONAL PERIOD AND CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS, 1783-1861.
5. Westward Expansion.
6. Population and Labor Force.
7. Law and the Rise of Classical American Capitalism.
8. Transportation, Internal Improvements, and Urbanization.
9. Agricultural Expansion: The Conflict of Two Systems on the Land.
10. The Debate Over Slavery.
11. The Early Industrial Sector.
12. The Financial System and the International Economy.
III. THE RISE OF AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY, 1861-1914.
13. Economic Effects of the Civil War.
14. Railroads and Economic Development.
15. Post-Civil War Agriculture.
16. Population Growth and the Atlantic Migration.
17. Industrialization and Urban Growth.
18. Big Business and Government Intervention.
19. Financial Developments, 1863-1914.
20. The Giant Economy and Its International Relations.
21. Labor and the Law.
IV. THE EXPANSION OF FEDERAL POWER, 1914-1945.
22. The Command Economy Emerges: World War I.
23. “Normalcy” : 1919-1929.
24. The Great Depression.
25. The New Deal.
26. The “Prosperity” of Wartime.
V. BRAVE NEW WORLD: 1945-PRESENT.
27. From World War II to the New Frontier.
28. Labor and the Tertiary Sector.
29. Postwar Industry and Agriculture.
30. From the New Frontier to the New Millenium.
31. Does Our Past Have a Future?