A New Economic View of American History

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This book asks such questions as: did mercantilism cause the American Revolution?; was slavery profitable?; and what were the causes of the Great Depression?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393012255
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1979
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 416

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction: What's New about the "New View" of American Economic History
1 American Economic Growth: A Long-Run Perspective 1
2 The Colonial Economy 26
3 The American Revolution: Some Causes and Consequences 54
4 Money and Banking before the Civil War 81
5 Foreign Trade and Commercial Policy in the Development of a New Nation 112
6 The Transportation Revolution and Domestic Commerce 143
7 The Beginnings of Industrialization 175
8 Population Growth and Redistribution 212
9 Westward Expansion and Public Land Policy 249
10 Northern Agricultural Development before the Civil War 274
11 Slavery and Southern Development 299
12 How the Southern Slave System Worked 326
13 The Economics of the Civil War 355
14 The South after the Civil War 376
15 Northern Agricultural Development after the Civil War 402
16 Railroads and Nineteenth-Century American Economic Growth and Development 427
17 The Changing Structure of American Industry 457
18 Structural Change in America's Financial Markets 493
19 The Market for Labor in Historical Perspective 522
20 America Comes of Age: 1914-29 554
21 The Great Depression: Explaining the Contraction 583
22 The Great Depression, 1933-39: The Recovery? 625
23 The Development of Government Intervention: From the Price of Bread to the Price of Wheat 648
Glossary 683
Index 695
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