Dictionary of United States Economic History

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Overview

Financial news today is front-page news. Americans are showered daily with stories about the stock market, the savings and loan scandal, banking catastrophes, trade imbalances, government deficits, inflation, international financial crises, unemployment, poverty, urban plight, junk bonds, and taxes. This book provides a handy reference for those who want to locate information about issues and events in American economic history.

The volume includes concise essays on more than 1,200 topics. Numerous entries provide biographies of prominent businessmen and businesswomen, union leaders, intellectuals, politicians, and government officials. Others cover historical events, legislation, economic terms, labor unions, corporations, interest groups, elections, and economic institutions. The work also includes a chronology of major events in U.S. economic history and a selective bibliography. Cross-references and a subject index are also provided. The work will be valuable to reference librarians in schools, colleges, and public libraries and to individuals teaching economics, economic history and American history.

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Library Journal
This dictionary contains over 1200 concise entries (some signed by Susan Wladaver-Morgan) treating individuals, organizations, laws, court cases, places, terms, events, and other topics in American economic history. Olson's criteria for inclusion are quite broad, since he has essays on Vasco da Gama and John Steinbeck as well as affirmative action and the High-Performance Computing Act of 1991. Bibliographic references supplement nearly every entry. Cross references, a brief chronology of U.S. economic history, a selected bibliography, and a subject index are also provided. This valuable resource should be very useful in academic and large public libraries.-- Leonard Grundt, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, N.Y.
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Two historians have compiled a basic source on 1,300 topics in American economic history. It covers prominent businesspeople and labor leaders, corporations and government agencies, officials and organizations, and events and legal matters. Asterisks note cross-references to related articles. References to books or articles for further reading follow each entry Entries are usually one paragraph in length, although "American Revolution" and "Women" receive more extended treatment. The entries "Drake, Francis," and "American Samoa" don't seem to be relevant to the topic. The rather short article "New Deal" is supplemented by many other entries located through the index. The time period covered begins with acts of the British Parliament before the Revolutionary War and ends with the entries "Supply-Side Economics" and "Trickle-Down Theory". There is no separate entry on the recent problem of the federal debt; the articles on H. Ross Perot and the recession of 1991 do not note it. The entry "Funding the National Debt" refers to the beginning of the nation; "Reaganomics" mentions the federal deficit. While biographical entries make up almost half the book, "Boston Tea Party", "Dollar Diplomacy", "Hoovervilles", and "Whip Inflation Now" are examples of other subjects covered. The 20-page chronology of U.S. economic history, the selected bibliography, and the accurate index add to the reference value of the work Information on many topics found here--for example, "Rachel Carson", "Eugene Debs," "Louisiana Purchase", and the "National Grange"--is in other readily available sources, such as general encyclopedias. Scribner's three-volume "Encyclopedia of American Economic History" has lengthy articles on broad topics rather than the specific entries found here. As a brief information source, the "Dictionary of United States Economic History" may be useful in public and academic libraries.
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A reference for those who want to find information about issues and events in American economic history. It contains concise essays on some 1,200 topics--biographies of prominent businesspeople, union leaders, intellectuals, politicians, and government officials, as well as entries on historical events, legislation, economic terms, labor unions, corporations, interest groups, elections, and economic institutions. It also includes a chronology of events and a selective bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313265327
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/1992
  • Pages: 680
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES S. OLSON is professor of history at Sam Houston State University.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Dictionary

Appendix: A Chronology of United States Economic History

Selected Bibliography

Index

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