The Social History of American Capitalism from Revolution to Empire

There is perhaps no better time than the present to study the history of American capitalism, as political leaders, pundits, bank and business executives, and workers across the world struggle to understand our current economic situation. This course will explore the development of American capitalism from its birth in the mercantile world of imperial Great Britain through the financial ruin of the Great Depression. This course will closely examine the relationship between government, business, and society by engaging key moments in nineteenth-century American economic history: the rise of the corporation, transportation and communication innovations, industrialization, American slavery and commodity production, financial speculation and panics, the development of American banking, immigration policy, and labor relations.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 25

Prerequisites: None.

Instructor: Quintana

Distribution Requirements: HS - Historical Studies

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring