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73-476 AMERICAN ECONOMIC HISTORY
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2nd Semester AY 1999-2000, Graduate School of Industrial Administration, Carnegie-Mellon University,
Pittsburgh, PA, 15213
Instructor: Keith T. Poole
Office: 231F GSIA (new bldg)
Classroom: Simon Auditorium
Time: 1:30 - 2:50 TuTh
The following texts will be used in this course:
American Economic History, Jonathan Hughes & Louis P. Cain
The Rise of the Western World, Douglass North & Robert Thomas
The readings listed in the assignments are in the course packet.
Grades will be determined by three examinations--two midsemester exams
worth 30 percent each and one final exam worth 40 percent.
The exams will all be essay and short answer questions.
Antecedents: Private Property Rights and a Means of Enforcement
Assignment: The Rise of the Western World
The Early Colonial Period
- Chs. 1 & 2 of Hughes
- "The Rise and Fall of Indentured
Servitude in the Americas: An Economic Analysis,"
by David W. Galenson, Journal of Economic History 44,
March 1984, pp. 1-26.
- "Urban Amenities and Rural Sufficiency:
Living Standards and Consumer Behavior in the Colonial
Chesapeake, 1643-1777," by Lorena S. Walsh,
Journal of Economic History, 43, March 1983,
The Later Colonial Period and the American Revolution
- Chs. 3 & 4 of Hughes
- The Declaration of Independence
- "The Navigation Acts Revisited."by Larry Sawers,
The Economic History Review 45, May
1992, pp. 262 -284.
- "The Cost of Empire," by Lance Davis and Robert Huttenback,
in Explorations in the New Economic History.
- "Aspects of Revolutionary Finance, 1775 - 1783,"by Ralph V.
Harlow, American Historical Review 35, Oct. 1929, pp.46 -68.
The Constitution and Hamilton's Economic Program
- Ch. 5 Hughes
- The Constitution
- "Alexander Hamilton's Market-based Debt Reduction Plan,"
Carnegie-Rochester Series in Public Policy,
by Peter M. Garber
Economic Development Prior to the Civil War
- Chs. 6 - 9, 11, 12, Hughes
The Economics of Slavery
- Chs. 10, Hughes
- "African and European Bound Labor in the British New World:
The Biological Consequences of Economic Choices," by Philip Coelho and
Robert McGuire. The Journal of Economic History,
57, March 1997, pp. 83-115.
The Economic Effects of the Civil War
- Ch. 13, Hughes
- "The Impact of the Civil War and of Emancipation on Southern
Agriculture," by Robert Ransom and Richard Sutch, Explorations
in Economic History, 12, 1979, pp.1-28.
- "The Economic Cost of the American Civil War: Estimates and
Implications," by Claudia Goldin and Frank Lewis. The
Journal of Economic History, 35, June 1975, pp.299-326.
- "The Decline in Southern Agricultural Output, 1860-1880,"
by Garland Brinkley. The Journal of Economic History, 57,
March 1997, pp. 116-138.
Railroads, Silver and Gold: Politics and the Economy in the latter half
of the 19th Century
Assignment: Chs. 14 - 17, Hughes
Big Business and Government Regulation of the Economy
Assignment: Chs. 18 - 21, Hughes
Why Did the Great Depression Happen?
Assignment: Chs. 22 - 24, Hughes
Did the New Deal Help or Hurt Economic Recovery?
Assignment: Chs. 25 - 26, Hughes
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